New acquisition: Those Wonderful Books…
July 14, 2010
Those Wonderful Books unearthed itself from a nearby desk, and is apparently another one of Robyn’s London finds, this time in the marvellous shop at the V&A, (which our Lilias ‘is not allowed into..’). Deliciously small – roughly the size of a Kellogg’s Variety Pack, in fact – this little gem does exactly what it says on the title page:
So its slight stature belies the manifold delights therein: as well as quotations and musings from all manner of Enthusiasts, Addicts and Others, (‘A good heavy book holds you down. It’s an anchor that keeps you from getting up and having another gin and tonic’ – Roy Blount, Jr; or: ‘A book is an axe to the frozen sea around us’ – Franz Kafka) it has some delightfully odd little accompanying illustrations, including one of dentures, one of an elderly gent smoking a pipe, several ships, and what looks like two dogs barking at a book.