Thursday, October 18, 2012

Things That Fall From Books #9: Poems

Continuing our very occasional series on the theme of 'things that fall from books', today I flicked through this unprepossessing copy of the 1992, second edition of Kipling's Barrack Room Ballads published by Macmillan and at three separate points, clippings fluttered out of the book. Each was a poem by Kipling cut from a contemporary newspaper (1899 and 1901). It's quite common to find newspaper clippings in books, usually it is a review of the book or, very often in biographies people seem to like clipping the obituary of the subject and tucking it inside. It's unusual to fins loose clipping quite as old as these though. This kind of use of books as filing cabinets is something that doesn't really have an e-book analogy.

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