söndag 26 april 2009

Saturday with Gutenberg

Books always seem to have been a desirable thing to steal. There is quite a lot written about chained books in “The Care of Books” by John Willis Clark from 1901.

I like this “bookshelf” especially when you want to check something in a dictionary it would be smart to have a shelf like this.
I found plenty yesterday – but I didn’t spend much time checking out interesting titles, I only noted what I wanted to return to.
One of them is “The Apple-Tree, The Open Country Books--No. 1” by L. H. Bailey. It is a charming little book illustrated with photos.
The farm home with its commodious house, its greensward, its great barn and soft fields and distant woods, and the apple-tree by the wood-shed; the good home at the end of the village with its sward and shrubbery, and apple roof-tree; the orchard, well kept, trim and apple-green, yielding its wagon-loads of fruits; the old tree on the hillside, in the pasture where generations of men have come and gone and where houses have fallen to decay; the odor of the apples in the cellar in the cold winter night; the feasts around the fireside,—I think all these pictures conjure themselves in my mind to tantalize me of home.
Even if I can’t prune fruit trees I’m familiar with them – but I know absolutely nothing about peanuts, so when I found a whole book about how to grow them I had to take a look. This is a book I’ll write more about.
And as many of you know, I can’t resist books for children – especially not when they are illustrated. Yesterday’s find was “Prince and Rover of Cloverfield Farm, by Helen Fuller Orton from 1921 and with illustrations by Hugh Spencer.

2 kommentarer:

  1. Those words in The Apple Tree make me ache with a longing for the past, that place, the way of life implied. Thank you.

  2. The magic of reading!
    The strength of the written word always amazes me – how it can move us – in time and space.