Monday, January 10, 2011

English Poets: Ben Jonson To Dryden

Hello again, gentle readers. I apologize for my long absence, but November and December were incredibly hectic for me. The upside is that, on December 17, 2010, I graduated from library school. Thus, my day to day schedule is now a lot more flexible, which means that I can once again turn some of my attention to leisurely pursuits such as this blog.

This post concerns a windfall, upon which I stumbled completely by chance. I was at the local used book store, looking for books on genealogy, and I just happened to see this book on the clearance rack for one dollar, on my way out of the store. Granted, the spine is in grievous need of repair, and the book is a "student edition," which means that it was meant as a textbook, probably as an introductory text for high school or freshman college students. But to me, it is a treasure. As you will see from the pictures, it was published in 1881, with an introduction by Matthew Arnold, and has an inscription from 1884; and of course, its subject matter is close to my heart. I really enjoyed discovering this little jewel, just as I am also enjoying the process of adding it to this blog. So without further ado, here are the pictures:

That's all for now. Until next time, may your discoveries be fortuitous, and your journeys safe and fulfilling.

1 comment:

  1. The thrill of the hunt and serendipity--turning up a dollar treasure! Congratulations on the graduation! If you're in the Austin area this coming weekend, check out the Austin Book, Paper, & Photo Show at the Norris Center. I won't be exhibiting this year (still recovering from an injury in November), but I plan to drop in for a visit. Lots of interesting books and ephemera.