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Edited: Feb 13, 2010, 12:52pm

Last evening, on my way home from work, I lucked upon a half-century old, in excellent condition, copy of Jacob's Room and The Waves: Two Complete Novels. When I got home, an old, yellowed receipt of the original purchase slipped out from Dayton Hudson Booksellers (B. Dalton, Bookseller - Pickwick Bookshops). I understand this may not be very fascinating stuff to many of you, but for me, it's Book History; history that is rapidly fading away in our technological-crazed age.

This copy was purchased on 5-15-73, and cost $2.45. I scanned it below for future generations to enjoy, when paper receipts are as obsolete as typewriters (remember them?)

Would be delighted to hear of your discoveries, whether printed on the actual book or something that fell out of the book...ever found Money in a book? I have!

Feb 13, 2010, 1:32pm


This is not nearly as exciting, but just this morning I was walking the dogs along my quiet street in Harbor City, CA. Saw a bookmark in the gutter and picked it up; it was from Boulder Bookstore, on beautiful Pearl Street in Boulder, CO. Not historical or anything, but neat to see out of context.

Feb 13, 2010, 1:56pm

Okay, wait, my first post was lame-not even found in a book. Here's a better one:

When I was cataloging my library, I found some really cool stuff inside the books. One of my favorites was in a 1954 Grove Press edition of Waiting for Godot. It was an article clipped from the NYTBR (November 25, 1973) of "A Reader's Guide to Samuel Beckett" by Hugh Kenner. The headline, "If books about him continue, he will rank with Christ, Napoleon and Wagner." I don't think he quite made it...

Feb 13, 2010, 2:04pm

For some reason that now escapes me (not one of my favorite books), I bought a battered second copy of On The Road several months ago. I was flipping through the book to source a quote the other day and found this penned inside the front cover:

March 20, 1987
I've just finished reading this book which has been on my shelf or should I say my father's shelf for 30 years. This is a second edition soft cover you see and my old man had this book, this edition, when he was the same age I am now - 30 years.
I spoke to him day before yesterday on the long distance to NYC (Howard Beach actually). He now is one year less than 60 almost and cannot remember reading this book. There's a message for the understanding.
This book is one of the few possessions I've gotten from my parents house which was sold a few years ago along with many, many memories.
I wonder if a child of mine will ever read this book, 30 years from now it will be the year 2017 and I will be 60 years.

Edited: Feb 13, 2010, 5:39pm

Sometimes you even find good things to read. Things by the great Joseph Heller and others.

Feb 13, 2010, 6:01pm

I always enjoy finding things like that in used books. I wrote a little bit about it in the Kindle discussion.

Feb 13, 2010, 6:05pm

I have found money on a couple occasions, but mostly I seem to find obituaries. I have yet to discern why either paper currency or an obituary would make a good bookmark.

Feb 14, 2010, 10:38am

5> oh you subvertimating sarcastomeister! Of course you'll find the author's WORDS inside a book dang you!

Feb 14, 2010, 10:50am

4 leaf clover!

Feb 14, 2010, 11:29am

Ha! Very glad to see you back, A_musing, thou valiant salonista who's both a noun and a verb.

Feb 14, 2010, 11:32am

working through some threads - can't miss I.J.

Feb 18, 2010, 12:54am

Found this inside my copy of Walker Percy's The Thanatos Syndrome: a folded up review of Walker Percy's The Thanatos Syndrome, published (the review) on March 30th, 1987, in Time.

Feb 18, 2010, 1:14am

I once ordered a copy of Sweeny Astray on, and the book came with a Time Magazine review clipping from 1984 tucked into the pages. First of all, how thoughtful. Second, given that I was born in 1986, it was fun to imagine a time when that magazine would have reviewed a translation of an obscure old Irish poem (yeah, it was translated by Seamus Heaney, but this was years before he got the Nobel).

Feb 18, 2010, 1:23am

Geeze, you're a youngster, Sutpen. Thanks for the nugget, and for joining Le Salon, btw. Forgive me for not having properly introduced you in the appropriate thread. Very happy to see your interest in DFW and IJ, and glad you've joined our group.

Feb 18, 2010, 8:00am

Often, I find the library the book was perhaps stolen from: Stroudsburg High School Library, Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, for the copy of Russell Greenan's Heart of Gold recently purchased from a book peddler on amazon, which I'm reading now.

Feb 18, 2010, 11:15am

Most recently, in a 1924 copy of Wildflowers Worth Knowing I found the original owner's handwritten biology notes.

9: I put a 4-leaf clover in every book I give away.

Feb 18, 2010, 5:02pm

HEART OF GOLD is such a fine novel. Greenan writes with unequal information, knowledge, and wisdom. The padre is satanick, no?

Edited: Feb 18, 2010, 5:10pm

Terrific. I enjoyed The Bric-a-Brac Man, but this one is even better, has all the right stuff of Algernon Pendleton and It Happened in Boston?

Feb 22, 2010, 2:42pm

I found a correspondance ( three or four letters ) between Mr. A Bertuccioli ,the writer of the book ( an older professor teaching in the city of livorno) and a female admirer named Ghislaine in a 1937 edition of " Les origines du roman maritime Francais"

romantic isn't it ?

Feb 22, 2010, 2:51pm

My daughter recently opened a book purchased used (and cheap) and found a $5 bill used as a bookmark.

Feb 22, 2010, 3:18pm

A few days ago I found half an airline boarding pass with some sketching on the back (perhaps abstract nudes). First class too...maybe I should try to cash in his miles.

Feb 22, 2010, 6:40pm

#19 - Good find. But, why would you have bought that book?!

Feb 22, 2010, 9:39pm

I took Death in Venice off the shelf today - planning to start soon. This was written in the front:

Feb 22, 2010, 10:22pm

I love that Jane! Though I'll say I must disagree with the Death In Venice-concrete-scribbler. I don't believe one needs to read Fernando Pessoa or Guy De Maupassant (though if one does read those two one is in for a treat) or even all those other iconic authors to read Proust. Just pick up Proust and start reading regardless of your reading pedigree. That's what I would've scribbled inside that Dover (I love Dover - I think I'll start a Dover collections) Death in Venice, FWIW.

Feb 22, 2010, 11:57pm

>23 janemarieprice: Very Funny !

> 19 Slick, I bought three books of Bertucciol s he was one of the first to write anthologies of French maritime works. ( Bought them second hand ). The three letters were hidden inside dated march - september 1947. Bertoculli is lamenting that he stops his research as the war has destroyed his archives.

Feb 23, 2010, 12:11am

That is awesome Mac!

Edited: Feb 23, 2010, 12:27am

It is with the adresses and all, so I could set off on an adventure, driving to Livorno, looking up the family of Bertuccioli, showing them the letters, etc etc. : )

letters were found in this book : Prof. Americo Bertuccioli, La Grande bleue. Pages de littérature maritime, avec préface de Charles le Goffic

Edited: Feb 23, 2010, 12:32am

I found also( in another book ) an enigmatic photograph of an Asian woman ! (those sailors ! - eyes looking upward in desparation )

I lost a picture in one of my books of Miss Laos ! Checked everywhere but can't find it back. : (

Feb 23, 2010, 12:31am

That would make a good film, no?

Feb 23, 2010, 12:34am

yes, could be a nice one too. A sailor, a professor and a beautiful Lady named Genevieve etc
Is that not how Possession by Byatt begins ?

Cheers I am off to work

Edited: Mar 6, 2010, 9:47pm

Got a load of books today - three had old bookmarks in them. One torn piece of cover from Straight is the Gate by Andre Gide, one business card for Northeastern Textbooks Textbook Buyer, and one bookmark from Hearthside Books in Juneau, Alaska.

Mar 9, 2010, 9:20pm

Inside the Bosnian Story, with the name MB Paxton in pencil and the date 1965 inside, a postcard from Zagreb: "Trg Stjepana Radica s crkvom sv. Marko" - a beautiful little church with what looks like coats of arms tiled on its roof.

Mar 10, 2010, 12:26am

My most recent used book find was an unused postcard of the Empire State Building. Others include a $20 bill, lots of buiness cards and boarding passes, a grocery list, some phone message slips, a florist's gift card with a romantic message, and some souvenir Confederate currency.

My favorite discovery was in a new book. The copy of Blood and Guts in High School I purchased from Amazon had Kathy Acker's autograph. This was several years after her death, and my best guess is that it came from some bookseller's unsold stock that was returned to the publisher and eventually made its way to Amazon's warehouse.

Mar 15, 2010, 10:43pm

I bought a used copy of We last year and it had newspaper clippings from the 70s. I kept them, but I don't know where they went.

Mar 19, 2010, 1:06pm

I don't remember which book I found it in, but some few years ago I found a Scottish twenty pound note. I still have the note. I took it to Amex to get it converted. They wanted five bucks.

Mar 19, 2010, 2:42pm

Today I found a ticket stub for Journey's End from June 6, 2007.

Edited: Apr 12, 2010, 7:55am

Just recently I found a letter addressed to "My dearest Heidi" by a student in what at first sounds like some turbulent police state but might also be good old US of A (refers to "the airplain thing (sic)" as an excuse to arrest dissenters). It was inside Towing Jehovah and was so cool I decided to keep it there. I probably shouldn't post a scan of someone's personal letter here, though...

Also found: A used ticket to Batman Begins, in Slaughtermatic IIRC; two or three "Jesus saves!" leaflets, the latest in the book I'm currently reading, Oh Pure and Radiant Heart; an assload of bookmarks, all of which I've kept, most of which are the wrong size.

Apr 12, 2010, 12:56pm

In my copy of Illuminatus! vol. 3, The Golden Apple, an article from the Dallas Times Herald for June 5, 1978:

Evangelist warns of witch takeover

ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (UPI) - A California evangelist has convinced some memebrs of a fundamentalist church that they must prepare for a war against witches conspiring to take over the world.

Those members are stockpiling food, buying weapons and even considering the purchase of property in Christian retreats, according to Rev. H. Eugene Riker, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Zionsville, a community near Indianapolis.

The moving force behind it all is evangelist john Todd, who claims he once participated in the high decision-making councils of a group of witches called the Illuminati.

Todd, 28, said he was born and reared in witchcraft, but six years ago was "saved" from the pagan religion.

"John Todd has spurred folks to draw nearer the heart of God," explained Riker. He's stirred people more than any speaker we've had."

Riker said Todd has preached at his church on several occasions - the last in late March - and will return in September. He added Todd also has engagements at several other Indiana communitites this fall.

Todd preaches that the Illuminati has plans for creating a major crisis as early as 1980 through disruptive strikes of the food and transportation systems.

The base for Illuminati in the United States is the Council on Foreign Relations, according to Todd. He charged the financial backing is from David Rockefeller and the Standard Oil Co.

Edited: Aug 15, 2010, 2:49am

David Markson's scribblings and jottings and observations inside his sold off book collection:

Aug 15, 2010, 3:02am

I will buy a book I wouldn't otherwise buy if it is autographed. Even if it's just a mass market pb. Case in point: Terry Brooks

"To Pat / With Magic / Terry Brooks"

I'm curious to see other bibliophiles autographed books. Scan, upload to photo sharing site, and post here please.

Edited: Aug 15, 2010, 3:44am

Alex Austin

"Hi, Brent, / Looking Forward / to the interview / Alex A"

He wrote in a light pen on glaring white inside cover, so I had to adjust shadows & resolution to get the autograph to show up half way decently.

Sure would've been nice if a certain Peter Weissman, whom I'd hate to mention by name and thus potentially embarrass, had autographed his copy too! so I could've posted it as well!

Ah well. "You can't always get what you wah-unt".

Edited: Aug 15, 2010, 3:42am

Hannah Holborn

"To Brent, / For the love of the / children / Hannah Holborn 2009"

Fierce needs to get put high on all ya'lls tbr asap pronto soon!

Aug 15, 2010, 6:10pm

I dint? How thoughtless of me. I'll have to do it next time.

Edited: Aug 15, 2010, 6:40pm

I would post mine, but I loaned it to my sister-in-law. Apparently, I am a 'Firecracker' ;-)

As soon as I get mine back, I will scan and post.

Aug 15, 2010, 6:40pm

#41 - JEALOUS!!!!! I have them all and nary a one is signed. :-(

Aug 15, 2010, 8:23pm

45> Good, please do!

Jim Ladd

"To Vickie / Lord Have Mercy! / Jim Ladd / 8/3/91"

If you grew up on FM rock radio in L.A. from the late '60s to the mid '80s (KMET, 94.7, in particular) the "lonesome cowboy," Jim Ladd, was your constant late night radio companion.

Radio Waves is a fabulous look behind-the-scenes of FM radio in its heyday.

Aug 16, 2010, 4:58pm

I love finding things in my used books. Although mine are never really interesting - I think the best I found was a receipt from some store in Seattle in my bookstore in GA! Late 80's I believe was the date. I'm ALWAYS finding other people's really old receipts.

I'll scan some autographed copies later...

Aug 16, 2010, 5:34pm

48> Thank you for the brief glimpse of Jim Ladd in Roger Waters RADIO K.A.O.S.

49> Cool. Look forward to your autographs. I've many more coming . . .

Aug 16, 2010, 6:41pm

When I get the time and have my scanner up and running again - I do not have good luck with scanner/printers and I have been extremely busy at work - I will put up my Vollman autograph. He often draws a little picture with his. He was really nice. I have a couple of others but that one is my favorite!

Aug 17, 2010, 2:44am

You've probably already seen this in the Nature Photography thread, so I won't re-post the photo:

Aug 17, 2010, 10:28pm

I have nothing that approaches the level of a Vollmann. I don't care how extremely busy you've been at work (Vollmann's autograph comes first!) so drop what you're doing and scan it please. Nah, sorry work's kicking your hind.

Thanks again, Muse! Very cool.

Next up: Patricia Grace

Dogside Story was long-listed for a Booker.

Would any of our New Zealand friends have ever patronized the Women's Bookshop (see the sticker on the bottom right of the second image).

The Women's Bookshop is located at 105 Ponsonby Rd, Auckland, N.Z., Ph: 0-9-376 4399

Aug 22, 2010, 3:22pm

Well, I have the scanned image of my copy of Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison, but I have no idea how to post it here. Help!

Allison came to my college back in the spring for a reading, and she was great! She signed my copy of her book and now I don't know how to share it with y'all!

Aug 23, 2010, 2:19am

Well, hopefully, bibliolee8, this link will help:

Go to post 324 and there's a step by step how to upload pics. Do not hesitate to request further assistance if needed ...

Edited: Aug 23, 2010, 4:24am

Bibliolee8, here is another thread full of all kinds of fun html code.

Don't forget that you can click on the message number and 'favorite' it for easy access. ;-)

Edited: Aug 23, 2010, 11:35pm

Ozzy Osbourne

A dear friend of mine stood in line at the Barnes & Nobles in Huntington Beach to snag two Ozzy autographs earlier this year (one for he and one for me) when Ozz was on a book tour promoting I Am Ozzy. He tried to discreetly get a pic up close of The Prince of Darkness, but Ozzy's henchmen were on him in seconds: "No photos!"

Edited: Aug 23, 2010, 11:55pm

Well, how foolish were they? Everyone knows you can't take a picture of the Prince of Darkness. It's a waste of film. Oh ... wait. That's vampires, isn't it?

Aug 24, 2010, 6:00pm

True, yes.

Aug 24, 2010, 7:27pm

Here's one from one of my cookbooks, Daniel Boulud's Cafe Boulud Cookbook:

Edited: Dec 21, 2010, 9:21pm

Recent find: lo and behold Joseph Brodsky's autograph inside a copy of To Urania

"Keep at it

For David


Joseph Brodsky

3 III 1990"

Not sure about the last word: Milwaukee?

Dec 21, 2010, 9:46pm

Cool! I too read it as Milwaukie.

Dec 26, 2010, 6:51pm

Another sweet autograph! -- Peter Weissman's! (from DD)

Thanks, Piero. You know I'm touched by your note. And I hope you know too the salon wouldn't be the salon w/out you ...

Dec 26, 2010, 8:36pm

I forgot to add the hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Dec 28, 2010, 11:45am

53> This is really belated, but I have been to that book shop! My first day in New Zealand I walked the entire length of the Ponsonby Road. I don't remember the rationale behind it; there probably wasn't one as I was terribly disoriented. Anyway, I had some nice breakfast and went into every bookshop I passed. This was one of them. I think it was purple.

I once found a postcard quite obviously written by someone with a huge crush. That was in an Amélie Nothomb book from the Edinburgh library. I gave it to my host because he and the writer had the same name.

In Dunedin, NZ I found a great black and white picture of a boy on an armchair. I should find a scanner; it's a great picture. I still carry it around with me.

Dec 28, 2010, 3:35pm

66> Everyone needs to read post 66 from Big Mac Daddy. Go ahead, click on the link. It's okay. It's worth your time. I know, you probably only click on like, say, 10% (if that) of the links that people link here (because you're busy) but this is one link you really need to click on, because that's what this LibraryThing is truly all about: connecting people (sometimes across seemingly insurmountable spans of decades) who otherwise would have remained removed one from another.

I got goosebumps reading your post Mac. The stuff you find inside books ... sometimes it's beyond words what you'll find. Truly incredible!

Dec 28, 2010, 3:41pm

65> belated or not, I knew there was a reason I mentioned "The Woman's Bookstore". Small word it is. And welcome to Le Salon btw, too! I'm glad you've joined us, and thanks for jumping right in! And yes, do find that scanner for us!

51> Have you found some time yet, slick? I'm beginning to feel awkward. You said four months ago you'd scan us some William T. Vollmann, and I've been anxiously waiting, checking this thread every day, only to see nothing from William T. Vollmann. Do you think maybe you'll find some time by 2012? Yeah, I'm picking on you!

Edited: Dec 28, 2010, 3:47pm

>66 Macumbeira: whoa Christmas miracle!

Edited: Dec 28, 2010, 5:20pm

68> Thanks for the welcome! I used to be a passionate lurker on LT, but somehow didn't come here often this year. So when I stopped by last night I was shocked to find a group I had never heard of in the most active list. I had to rectify this of course, so here I am. What a nice place you all have here!

I even found a small low-quality version of the photo I talked about. I had it on my wall and took a picture before I moved out. Here it is:

Dec 28, 2010, 8:22pm

Enriiiiique I am so fucking jealous of your Brodsky autograph. You know how much I revere Brodsky!

dammit! * Murr stamps his little feet in vexation*

Dec 29, 2010, 7:16am

How about finding a 20 that you put there yourself like 6 years ago and had forgotten about :)

Dec 29, 2010, 9:13am

Or how about the opposite? Putting a twenty in a book for a rainy day and then not finding it among a passel of books.

Dec 29, 2010, 2:13pm

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Dec 29, 2010, 2:17pm

70> Love it!

71> I've just pulled To Urania by Joseph Brodsky over to me close right now. I've delicately opened the page to his cherished autograph. I'm staring at Joseph Brodsky's amazing penmanship of twenty years ago (when he was alive) right now. It's almost like he is alive -- disembodied -- sitting with me right now, in my lap.

"Hi Joseph," I wave at his autograph. "How are you doing this morning? ... Oh I'm glad to hear that. Tell me, Joe, who's your biggest fan, tomcat or Enrique? ... Oh, I thought so! Well, I don't want to make anybody too envious, so I better put you back behind the glass, don't want to tire you out. I'll be sure and visit you tomorrow, and everyday thereafter. We just won't tell tomcat."

Dec 29, 2010, 2:29pm

oh that is soooooooooo mean !

Dec 30, 2010, 3:35pm

>66 Macumbeira: Mac, that is without question the best story so far. And through the magic of Le Salon we have all had the opportunity to share in it.

Dec 30, 2010, 9:12pm

75> that's the best stuff you can find in books -- money!

Dec 30, 2010, 10:22pm

68: My scanner is not working. When I get a new one or fix it or whatever I will scan the Vollmann autograph, w/ doodle!

Jan 8, 2011, 9:58pm

Didn't you get a new scanner for Christmas slick!?

Carolyn Chute autograph on an uncorrected proof of her novel, Letourneau's Used Auto Parts

"For Dara --



March 26, 1994"

May 25, 2011, 11:33pm

Messages inside the front cover of books from people you do not know are generally dull and not worth sharing. I'm sharing this one only because it demonstrates an idea I like a lot: Books as heirlooms; books passing from generation to generation. I'd be interested in seeing other (better) examples.

"To Rafaela from your
husband -
When you have read
this I feel sure you too
will think it a grand
tale inspiring to Catholic
and Protestant"
Floie Walker,
San Bernardino, Calif.,
Aug. 20, 1945

"To Wendy Holt granddaughter of Rafaela &
Floie Walker, 1986"

The Keys of the Kingdom by A. J. Cronin, published in 1945.

May 26, 2011, 9:08am

My daughter's name, only in her case it's spelled Raphaela.

May 26, 2011, 11:49am

I love that handwriting!

May 29, 2011, 3:26pm

When I was twelve or thereabouts, I once found a metal bookmark in the shape of a cross in a book from the library. Thing is, the cross was black and had eyeballs at the points of the cross. My father wouldn't let me keep it... The book was a horror short story collection - I remember it was one of the first times that I read a Stephen King story.

May 31, 2011, 6:05pm

I'm glad I reread dmsteyn's post of 85 because I was about to ask you, slick, did you really find an Unorthodox Eyeball Cross Ladies T-shirt in a book?

84> Cursive is a lost art. Still required in CA, third grade, I believe it's taught, but besides learning it in order to know how to sign your name, what relevance does it have?

83> I'd forgotten that. That is a truly beautiful name.

May 31, 2011, 6:42pm

Cursive is an act of civil disobedience. That's what I use it for. All of my hand writing has been cursive when I can get away with it. It keeps up the cursive hand, as well as makes people look at what I've written. I like cursive.

May 31, 2011, 9:09pm

Cursive allows for personal expression. Art for and in the moment. May cursive never die.

Edited: May 31, 2011, 9:24pm

When I was, briefly, a junior high school teacher, and had to write on a blackboard so the kids could read what I was writing, my penmanship got real good. Not as good as my grandmother's, but pretty good, and certainly readable. Now, though still readable (see #63), it's a bit drunk.

Aug 4, 2011, 6:09pm

As soon as I figure out how to upload some photos from my phone, you all are going to be impressed and amazed by some old poetry books of my Dad's. Really!

Aug 4, 2011, 6:14pm

Can't wait, Anna!

I also CAN'T WAIT for slick to get up off his vacationing ASS and upload that damn VOLLMANN autograph!

Aug 4, 2011, 9:38pm

Waiting patiently, Anna. Old poetry books? Yum.

Aug 7, 2011, 5:51am

The copy of V. I'm reading now has a psychiatrist's invoice from 1977 in it, which I've adopted as my own bookmark. It worked for the last guy, right? I see a lot of tickets: train tickets, museum admission stubs, concert and movie tickets, etc.

I picked up a super cheap 'as is' The Stranger that is just coated with notes. The inside of both covers are just about completely filled, and almost every page has a passage underlined or something scribbled in the margins.

The last person to have my copy of Ulysses helpfully marked out and sourced the style parodies in Oxen of the Sun. Thanks, dude!

Aug 7, 2011, 6:51pm

Today, inside a copy of a first american edition of What's Bred in the Bone (fyi, set in Bembo), was a postcard pimping the visage of R.D himself. (this one)
Eerily this person had the same experience. Not one of RD's best images- looks too corporate.

Aug 7, 2011, 6:57pm

I found a ticket to High Holy Days services at a synagogue in Tel Aviv, pre-State Israel. Kind of cool!

Aug 7, 2011, 11:08pm

OK let me see if this will work
This is a presentation copy of a book by Charles Bukowski. Here is the cover of this book:

However there is another book that Bukowski actually inscribed TO MY DAD (whose name is George Shook).

Here it is:

Aug 9, 2011, 12:37pm

Wow, take a few days off and it is really hard to catch up with the Salon. This is a great thread to revisit. I just browsed it from the beginning again! And, maybe I'll bring the Vollman to work and scan it in B&W. Better than nothing. Do not get a scanner/printer combo. Everyone I've had (3?) broke within a few months!

94: How appropriate!

Dec 13, 2011, 1:43am

That Vollmann autograph and drawing slick mentioned in post 98 is up on his profile page in his member images.

Edited: Dec 23, 2011, 3:27pm

Above, Joseph Brinson's autograph in his debut poetry collection, The Opera of Trees.

I posted "Affliction" over on the nature thread. Here's another, shorter poem of his -- part of a longer series of black humor'd musings on existential meaning -- I like a lot, and that I can relate to every time I finish a book & must confront the bleak reality of the loss of the book I rejected reading:


I think my
"Affection is the soul to drink the carnal pleasures"
Has become ruler of me
I have got to read "City of God"
Or should I read his "Confessions" first
Or Bukowski?
What kind of fucked-up
Monstrosity of a person
Debates within himself
If he should read
St. Augustine or Bukowski next!
What the hell is wrong with me?"


Review coming soon.

Dec 13, 2011, 4:37am

Confusion - great stuff

Dec 13, 2011, 3:54pm

Just the other day I did find money in a book--a first ever--and it's a 1000 mark bill from 1922. The book was a little old Penguin of Chesterton's Father Brown, Innocence perhaps.

I'll laminate it for a bookmark.

Dec 13, 2011, 3:55pm

Unless someone tells me it's a worth a million trillion dollars, in which case I'll just buy a Greek island tomorrow.

Dec 13, 2011, 4:25pm


Dec 13, 2011, 5:31pm

102: WOW - Wasn't that during the Weimar republic when inflation had run away? I wonder if those stories I learned as a kid are true that people used to have to take their money in wheelbarrows to pay for groceries and stuff?

Edited: Dec 13, 2011, 8:54pm

"So the printing presses ran, and once they began to run, they were hard to stop. The price increases began to be dizzying. Menus in cafes could not be revised quickly enough. A student at Freiburg University ordered a cup of coffee at a cafe. The price on the menu was 5,000 Marks. He had two cups. When the bill came, it was for 14,000 Marks. "If you want to save money," he was told, "and you want two cups of coffee, you should order them both at the same time."


ETA: Didn't Piero quote excerpts from the above link some time ago?

"When the 1,000-billion Mark note came out, few bothered to collect the change when they spent it. By November 1923, with one dollar equal to one trillion Marks, the breakdown was complete. The currency had lost meaning."

Edited: Dec 13, 2011, 8:33pm

My used copy of Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk included a pressed marihuana leaf.

Dec 13, 2011, 10:49pm

>106 ChocolateMuse:. My money disappears fast, but nope, weren't me.

Dec 14, 2011, 6:44am

102> Must be worth millions: it's the one with the misspelled thousand

Dec 14, 2011, 10:25am

107: I bought mine new - no leaf. It wasn't a publisher promotion.

Dec 14, 2011, 1:02pm

>102 LolaWalser: I wouldn't recommend lamination. It is a small piece of history and, while I don't have any idea what it would be worth on the paper money collectors market, even if it isn't much I'd recommend getting a Mylar paper money holder instead. You can still use the bill in the holder (just a clear Mylar envelope) as a bookmark without doing damage to the note itself.

Dec 15, 2011, 5:21pm

Oh, thanks for that tip! I sort of assumed that if all air is expelled during lamination, the paper would be best-protected, but I suppose there's some danger in the plastic itself? Hmm, I have a few other laminated paper money bills, perhaps I should liberate them.

Certainly I'd like to preserve them as long as possible.

Checking one online site, this bill seems to fetch about 10 dollars--not enough to tempt me!

Dec 15, 2011, 9:33pm

>112 LolaWalser: Depending on the kind of lamination you may wind up with nothing more than a mess if you try to peel apart the plastic. Some types of laminates actually fuse with whatever is being laminated so peeling apart the plastic could result in complete destruction. If they are already laminated I'd just let it be.

Dec 25, 2011, 6:23am

I like buying used just because of the prior owners' easter eggs. One of my best finds was in a book published in 1907, The Uplift of China. Tucked inside the back of the book is a postcard that never got mailed.
It is addressed to "Mrs. Dorothy Patterson, 3229 Taylor St., Gainesville, Texas. The card has a drawing of a person in military dress blowing on a bugle on one side and a woman in the dress of the 1940s on the other receiving the card; between is an array of statements with candidate completions to be selected. The statements are suitable for a person entering Army Basic Training.

Largely based on the woman's hairstyle and clothing I would say this dates from WW2, although the book is quite old enough for it to be WW1. This book could have been wherever the non-sender of the card was doing his training, but why was he carrying a 20-year-old book with contents a revolution behind times to such a place?

A rather different story also occurred to me: that the postcard had in fact made it home to Mom, perhaps enclosed in an envelope with a
letter or handcarried on leave - and that it was put into the book at home by the recipient. That sounds likelier than the basic trainee having the book with him.

Dec 26, 2011, 7:04am

Postcards can make excellent bookmarks and so you are probably right in thinking it was his mom.

Dec 26, 2011, 10:19pm

It is a wonderful story either way, but I agree with Bas that the second version sounds more likely...