Sunday, October 31, 2010
An Antiquarian Affair, Part I
I have yet to read a full-length novel by PG Wodehouse but was drawn to the comedic titles and illustrations for the cover art. These tended to be priced in the $600 - $800 range so I admired then and then carefully returned them to their display case. Obviously, for me the day wasn't about a shopping expedition, we have a post-secondary education to pay for. It was about seeing certain books in their original form, the way they looked before I discovered them all crisp and sterile at our local chain bookshop. On the train ride home I dug out my copy of A Game of Hide and Seek and wondered what it looked like hot off the press in 1951. Trade paperback is affordable and convenient but not nearly as nice.