Caligula and 3 Other Plays

caligula_1caligula_2Author: Albert Camus                                                                              
Title: Caligula and 3 Other Plays
Publisher: Vintage
Year of publication: 1958
Place of publication: New York
Translator: Stuart Gilbert
Place of purchase: Golpark
Purchase cost: Rupees 50
Ownership: Secondhand
General comments:
[conversation with seller]

“কামু তোমাকে ৫০ টাকায়ে দিতে পারব না। তুমি ম’ম নাও, সার্ত্রে নাও, দিয়ে দেব। কামুটা ছাড়তে পারব না, বিশ্বাস কর। মিনিমাম ১৫০-তে বিক্রি হবে।”
[I can’t let a Camus go for 50. You can take the Maughams or a Sartre, but this I can’t let go. It sells for a hundred and fifty at least.]
Transcription of inscription:
<scratched-out>NOON, HIGH,
FEB ’93
Submitted by: Sujaan Mukherjee

Calcutta Old and New

HEA Cotton 4

Author: H. E. A. Cotton                                 HEA cotton 2
Title: Calcutta Old and New
Publisher: Surajit C. Das
Year of publication: 1980 (1909)
Place of publication: Calcutta
Editor: N. R. Ray
Place of purchase: Kolkata
Purchase cost: Rupees 3000
Ownership: no idea how many hands
General comments: When I stopped to look at a book on Calcutta at the S.&T. Bookstall (Presidency College Wall, Stall No. 11) a few weeks ago, the bookseller started hunting around for other Calcutta books and this was one of them. I have often consulted it in the library, but never found a copy. This is a 1980 reprint and the hinges have split. The bookseller wanted 5000 rupees for it, which I felt was far too much, so we settled on 3000. This may still be too much but I’m a tourist, it is worth it to me, and all second-hand booksellers deserve a lucky day every once in a while.
Transcription of dedication/inscription:

Presented to Mrs F. Jackson
On her leaving our Company.
Wish her a happy and
peaceful life!!

Submitted by: ariadne van de ven

The Island of the Day Before


Author: Umberto Eco                                                                                     IMG_0098
Title: The Island of the Day Before
Publisher: Minerva
Year of publication: 1996
Place of publication: Great Britain
Translator: William Weaver
Ownership: Gift
Transcription of dedication/inscription:
Dear Suddho,

May you always be in touch with the reality of another order.


Dec’ 2014
Submitted by: Suddhasattwa Roy