Tuesday, 23 February 2016
INSCRIPTIONS ON THE HEART...
I got this battered book from eBay a few years ago, and, like
most collectors, I prefer my books to be inscription-free. However,
lately, I've started to find inscriptions fascinating, as they prompt me to
wonder about the people mentioned in them. For example, just who was
Bryan, is he yet alive, was he still the apple of his daddy's eye as an adult
as he was as a child? Did he give the book away, lose it, was it stolen - or
did his mother donate it to a jumble sale when teenage Bryan was out at
school one day? Did he even give it a second thought, miss it, or was
it he himself who put it on sale on eBay, quite indifferent to the
token of his father's love for him that he was discarding?
Do you ever wonder about the people who originally owned
the second-hand books you've picked up in charity shops, jumble
sales, or eBay? What's the most touching inscription you can remem-
ber, and do you ever wish that you could have an inscribed book you
received as a child from a now-deceased friend or relative, but
which you later gave or threw away, back again? Do tell.
Posted by Kid at Tuesday, February 23, 2016