Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Things That Fall From Books #3: Hair

I was excited by the five volume set of Swinburne's poems, despite the fact that individually they would be rather unexciting in the extreme, because they are a complete set of all five volumes, all have complete and decent jackets, they have all therefore been preserved very nicely underneath the jackets and then, I opened one of them to discover this long lock of hair tied with a ribbon. I still can't make up my mind if this is crushingly romantic or just a bit icky.
The books are from The Golden Pine series by Heinemann and were publishd in 1917 and obviously they were designed to be presented without jackets so this set is, I think, a rare survival.

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