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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!
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.
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...
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.
romantic isn't it ?
> 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.
letters were found in this book : Prof. Americo Bertuccioli, La Grande bleue. Pages de littérature maritime, avec préface de Charles le Goffic
I lost a picture in one of my books of Miss Laos ! Checked everywhere but can't find it back. : (
Is that not how Possession by Byatt begins ?
Cheers I am off to work
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.
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.
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.
"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.
"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".
As soon as I get mine back, I will scan and post.
"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.
I'll scan some autographed copies later...
49> Cool. Look forward to your autographs. I've many more coming . . .
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
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!
Go to post 324 and there's a step by step how to upload pics. Do not hesitate to request further assistance if needed ...
Don't forget that you can click on the message number and 'favorite' it for easy access. ;-)
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!"
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 ...
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.
I got goosebumps reading your post Mac. The stuff you find inside books ... sometimes it's beyond words what you'll find. Truly incredible!
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!
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:
dammit! * Murr stamps his little feet in vexation*
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."
Carolyn Chute autograph on an uncorrected proof of her novel, Letourneau's Used Auto Parts
"For Dara --
March 26, 1994"
"To Rafaela from your
When you have read
this I feel sure you too
will think it a grand
tale inspiring to Catholic
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.
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.
I also CAN'T WAIT for slick to get up off his vacationing ASS and upload that damn VOLLMANN autograph!
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!
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:
94: How appropriate!
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
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.
I'll laminate it for a bookmark.
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."
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!
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.