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Tuesday, 23 February 2016
INSCRIPTIONS ON THE HEART...
I obtained this battered little book from eBay a few years ago, and, like most collectors, I prefer my books to be inscription-free. Lately however, 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 remember, 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