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CollectionsKindle (1), Documentaries (2), Your library (532), Wishlist (403), On Order (15), Books for Isabella (92), Currently reading (4), Read but unowned (63), All collections (1,052)

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TagsFolio Society (179), Wishlist (171), Bella (93), Signed (89), Letterpress (87), Limited Editions Club (77), Limited Edition (71), History (42), Slightly Foxed (27), Antarctica (20) — see all tags

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About meA cheerful fellow, armchair traveller, avid book reader, world citizen—a lover of cheesecake.

Having previously resided in the city of ‘hygge’ Copenhagen in Denmark—I dreamt of an affluent life in London, England in the late 19th century as an independently wealthy, educated gentleman, travelling 80 days around the world in a Victorian balloon, with my faithful valet Jean-Pierre, while also visiting London’s cultural institutions and art galleries, museums, theatre, libraries, and auction houses, and not the least be found either attending meetings at The Royal Geographical Society, dotting off to Constantinople on the Orient Express, or reading his newspaper at a renowned London Gentlemen’s Club.

I'm 37 and from the first moment I can remember, I have been in pursuit of knowledge and the finer things in life. I am the kind of person that would have cherished to have had a classical education and a foundation in Latin and Greek.

When I have more time (I keep saying that to myself), I will pick up Latin and Greek at night school; French (for the French girls in stilettos), Ikebana (for peace of mind), Fencing (for the occasional duel), and sailing (so that one day I will be remembered by the youth as: "that crazy old man at the dock was right").

Other than that, I am using most of my time inspiring my eleven year-old niece, into an educated and civilised environment with tuition in various subjects such as languages, history, geography, and art (her second word after mommy was Gauguin; she saw a reproduction of the Mona Lisa at a shop window when she was two, and after daycare would go and watch it every day; learned to spell her name at three, and started learning the Latin names for bones in the body at four. At five, she learned about Greek Mythology, Astronomy and the Greek Alphabet. At six, I've taught her about Heliocentrism, Solar System, Nicolai Copernici, Galileo Galilei and have started on anatomy, mathematics and spelling. At seven, we're playing chess, though recently, to my dismay she has found out what a computer can also be used for: Minecraft! On the positive side, she's used the summer to teach herself English on Youtube. At nine, she started reading books by herself, learned Ulysses by Tennyson off by heart, and assembled a large Revell plastic model of the HMS Victory. At eleven, she entirely sits on her new-found luxury: the iPhone. Oh dieu!

I also try to expose her to ballet, opera, classical music, literature, the occasional museum visit, and of course Shakespeare - she likes the story behind the Danish Prince Hamlet. She also enjoys the new television series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey with Neil deGrasse Tyson. Her favourite artist is Van Gogh, and work Starry Night.

I hope that one day, all of this, will show the fruits of my labour, and that she grows up independent, self-confident, self-reliant, possessing a strong foundation and morals, and lives by the same code as I've always have: honour, integrity and principles. The world today seems to have forgotten this.

About my libraryMy library consists of books that I own and those which I would like to acquire, thus the huge Wishlist. I can pretty much sum up my feelings towards books in a quote by Socrates:

“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.”

Running List of Books I’ve Read by Year
https://wiki.librarything.com/index.php/User:Ironjaw

I live and breath for the English language. My main interests lie on classical literature, history, polar exploration (Antarctica), T.E. Lawrence, and Churchill.

On Folio Society and Limited Editions Club (LEC) books
I'm a reader first, collector second, though I like to say that to myself. I like hardbacks instead of paperbacks, non-fiction instead of fiction. I try to focus my main collection on The Limited Editions Club (LEC) and The Folio Society. I think the best way to describe my personally view on this is by this:



On Reference Libraries
"Along time ago, when I had ambitions to start a personal library, a bookish friend told me there were three sets of reference books I had to get hold of. They were the 11th edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, the Oxford English Dictionary, and the Dictionary of National Biography" - Jeremy Paxman, 2009, Guardian

My Wants
- Oxford English Dictionary (20 Vols.) DONE
- Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th edition. DONE
- The Dictionary of National Biography (60 Vols.) SHOULD I?

Check out these links:

My Amazon UK Wishlist
Slightly Foxed
The Folio Society
Hatchard's
Waterstones
London Review of Books
London Review Bookshop
Times Literary Supplement
The Royal Society of Literature
The Times

Since 26 December 2012:

Groups10,000 Page Club, Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts, Ancient History, BBC Radio 4 Listeners, Book Arts, Book Care and Repair, Book Collectors, Books on Books, Challenge: Loeb Classical Library, Easton Press Collectorsshow all groups

Favorite authorsPeter Ackroyd, James Boswell, Apsley Cherry-Garrard, Arthur C. Clarke, Roald Dahl, Richard Dawkins, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, Edward Gibbon, Ernest Hemingway, T. E. Lawrence, Patrick O'Brian, Samuel Pepys, Simon Schama, William Shakespeare, Robert Louis Stevenson, J. R. R. Tolkien, H. G. Wells (Shared favorites)

VenuesFavorites | Visited

Favorite bookstoresAtheneum International Boghandel, Daunt Books - Marylebone, Foyles (old Charing Cross branch), Foyles at St Pancras International, Hatchards, Paludan Bog og Café, Politikens Boghal

Favorite librariesBritish Library

Other favoritesThe British Museum

Favorite lists100 Books to Read in a Lifetime (That Are Older Than 200 Years), 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die, 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up, 1920s, BBC Big Read, Classics you know you should have read but probably haven't, The Guardian's 1000 Novels Everyone Must Read

Homepagehttp://www.theslipcase.net/

MembershipTinyCat. https://www.librarycat.org/lib/ironjaw

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LocationLondon, England

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Member sinceNov 25, 2009

Currently readingThe 25 Rules of Grammar: The Essential Guide to Good English by Joseph Piercy
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
The Pilgrim's Progress (Penguin Classics) by John Bunyan
100 Ideas that Changed the World by Jheni Osman

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