Saturday, February 28, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Most, but not quite all, of the patterns for the Penguin Poets were designed by Stephen Russ and many of them really stand out as patterns with an idea behind them, not simply as decorative pieces. There is a website devoted to Russ's work which includes a 'guess the title from the pattern quiz'. The wonderful Acejet170 (who introduced me to the joys of these covers in the first place) also has a great Flickr set of some of his collection.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
I HAVE lain with thee beside me,
And watched the pale stars shine,
And felt thy form beside me,
Through the long night divine.
O loveliness commingling
In my heart with the starry sky,
Thou hast usurped the splendour
Of God's eternity.
ONLY a touch of our hands by chance-
Only a thoughtless, joyful glance,
But who shall name its name ?
A look from thee, and thy body warm,
And the music mingling clear,
And out again to the heedless swarm,
Where I may not call thee dear.
Not exactly Wordsworth but sweet at times and another interesting example of homosexuality and open socialist views from this period: see Mr Paine/Anderson elsewhere on this blog for more on that...
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
After a couple of similar posts recently, I'm beginning to think I should rename this blog 'Books with a History'. This is a two volume copy of E. L. Butcher's The Story of the Church of Egypt, a desirable little number in its own right. This copy is bound in half-calf with marbled paper boards and endpapers. There's a little wear, some knocks and bumps but it remains a nice set. Opening it up, however, reveals the real history. The bookplates are those of Lord Cromer, Consul-General in Egypt 1883-1907, which would be enjoyable enough but then there's the ownership signature of Harry Boyle, Consul and Oriental Secretary in Cairo 1889-1909.