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The Books: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, ‘Words On a Flyleaf’, by Anne Fadiman

On the essays shelf: Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, by Anne Fadiman Along with marginalia, I am also a bit obsessed with book inscriptions. (No surprise then that this is one of my favorite sites on the net.) … Continue reading

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First editions

I ate up this interview with Matthew Haley, a books and manuscript specialist, greedily, with a spoon! None of this is news to me. I grew up with a book collector father. He was highly knowledgeable, an expert in his … Continue reading

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“Happy reading, dear one!”

There are a few sites out there that consistently make me cry. Book Inscriptions is one of them Today’s entry in particular.

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Christmas, 1914

A book inscription that has rendered me completely stunned and quiet. One of the best sites on the web and it’s because of stuff like that. Unbelievable. I am still reverberating with it.

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Hitler’s marginalia (or, to quote Eddie Izzard: “I can’t paint this tree right … I must kill everyone in the world!!”)

Marginalia is one of my favorite literary topics – and although when I buy a second-hand book, I make sure that nobody has marked it up beforehand (too distracting) – I do find studies of marginalia to be extremely interesting: … Continue reading

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The Book Inscriptions Project

I know I’ve posted a link to this site before, but here it is again. I love everything about it. It makes me aware of the fragility of the moment, of our ties to one another, but it also is … Continue reading

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Marginalia

Well, this isn’t really about marginalia – which is one of my favorite topics – but about inscriptions in books (another fascination – this site, for example, is like crack cocaine to someone like me) . “Please don’t steal my … Continue reading

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Inscriptions

I love the site Book Inscriptions Project dearly – so glad I discovered it! I love to just scroll through there, reading, perusing – it makes me feel like I’m snooping, or something. Maybe that’s part of the appeal. But … Continue reading

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