My Animal Book


Author: Yevgeny Charushin IMG_6719
Title: My Animal Book
Publisher: Progress
Year of publication: 1980
Place of publication: Moscow
Translator: Olga Shartse
Place of purchase: Golpark
Purchase cost: Rupees 50
Ownership: Thirdhand or above
General comments: Purchased in bulk from Golpark. Since this is among the thicker volumes, let’s say the price would be around Rs. 50. Illustrations by Nikita Charushin.
Transcription of inscription:
Baishakhi Pal
Subhankar Pal

Happy Birthday
to Tulee,
Moudidi 1981.
Submitted by: Sujaan Mukherjee

The Twelve Months: Fairy Tales by Soviet Writers

IMG_6720Authors: [Fairytales] IMG_6721
Title:  The Twelve Months: Fairy Tales by Soviet Writers
Publisher: Raduga
Year of publication: 1984
Place of publication: Moscow
Translator(s): James Riordan and others
Place of purchase: Golpark
Purchase cost: Rupees 50 (approx)
Ownership: Thirdhand or above
General comments: Purchased from Golpark along with a number of other Russian children’s books in translation. Hard to tell the price of each, because I picked up all seven that were available and paid Rs. 250 for the lot.
Transcription of inscription:
[stamp] Sulakshana Dutta

(‘To Soma,
Jetthi’ [aunt on father’s side])
Submitted by: Sujaan Mukherjee

Echo of the Green Mountains


Authors/Translators: Serhiy Vladov and Mary Skrypnyk
Title:  Echo of the Green Mountains: Ukrainian Folk Tales
Publisher: Dnipro Publishers    WP_20151220_003
Year of publication: 1988
Place of publication: Kiev
Ownership: Not in possession
General comments: This copy was spotted and hastily photographed at the Golpark secondhand book market in Kolkata by two members of the Endpapers team, not leaving time to jot down every bibliographic detail firsthand. According to Worldcat, the illustrator is Nadiya Ponomarenko. There is a famous history of Soviet publications making their way to India, with many issues translated into regional languages. Books for younger readers were usually beautifully illustrated.
Transcription of inscription:
This book is belong to Babita Thakur

Submitted by: Shalmi Barman

The World of Sex


Author: Henry Miller                                                         DSC_1800
The World of Sex
Year of publication:
Place of publication: Great Britain
Place of purchase: Paris
Purchase cost: 3 Euro
Ownership: Gift
Transcription of dedication/inscription:

For being what you are,
For coming to my life,
For standing by me

A little bit of a memento from a city you would thoroughly love.
Paris 2015.
Submitted by: Sohini Kumar

The Eyes of the Dragon


Author: Stephen King                                                      IMG_20151024_140037
Title: The Eyes of the Dragon
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Year of publication: 1997
Place of publication: London
Place of purchase: Kolkata
Ownership: Gift
General comments: Gifted for my poite (sacred thread ceremony) by my favourite couple of cousins. They had between them a science fiction, fantasy and film collection that made me go wide-eyed as a kid – hence instant favourites.
Transcription of dedication/inscription: 
28th March 2007

Our Dearest Tintin
On Ur “Poite”
Hoping U like this illustrated fantasy by a horror book author….

Mana maasi, Pradip meso, Bunty dada & Lali didi
Submitted by: Devarshi Chakrabarty

Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found


Author: Suketu Mehta
Title: Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found
Place of publication: New Delhi
Publisher: Penguin Books
Year of publication: 2006
Ownership: Gift
General comments:
This was a birthday gift from a bunch of crazy colleagues (also several years my seniors). You can see the craziness, plus, I’ll leave it up to you to guess which is my favorite dedication among these.
Transcription of inscription:
Hope is not a thing to lose!
With ❤

S     Th  M
U     E     I
Kh  K    T
E     O   A
With lots of Amrita di


Wish all your dreams may get fulfilled. Wish you good luck. Keep smiling. 🙂
Amrita di

All that comes your way may never undo what you’ve grown up into.

All the Best
Submitted by: Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury

A Hundred Years of Photography: 1839-1939

Lucia Moholy
Title: A Hundred Years of Photography: 1839-1939
Place of publication: Middlesex
Publisher: Penguin Books
Year of publication: 1939
Ownership: Thirdhand or more
General comments:
A gift to self from Shakespeare & Company, Paris. I have no idea how many hands it has changed. Publishers – same old Penguin Books Limited (notice their logo back then). Moreover, I found an interesting leaflet inside!
Transcription of inscription:
June 2014
Submitted by: Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury

The New Life

Author: Orhan Pamuk
Title: The New Life
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Year of publication: 2011
Translator: Güneli Gün
Ownership: Gift
General comments:
The New Life: Ma always gifts me books for Pujo, birthday and Children’s Day(!)…how you are always a child to your parents!
Transcription of inscription:
For my pampered child–
On the occasion of
Submitted by: Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury