Haveth Childers Everywhere


Author: James Joyce
Title: Haveth Childers Everywhere
Publisher: Criterion Miscellany
Year of publication: 1931
Purchase cost: 1 shilling
Ownership: Not in ownership; seen in James Joyce Tower and Museum
General comments: This book was on display at the James Joyce Tower and Museum in Sandycove, Dublin, along with a fascinating collection of pictures, letters, illustrations, photographs, and all manner of things Joycean. According to the information card, Anna Livia Plurabelle and Haveth Childers Everywhere, both from the Criterion Miscellany (1930 and 1931), are ‘[t]wo fragments from Work in Progress, one of which is inscribed by Joyce to Samuel Beckett, who was his friend and helper. Joyce spent some time in London in 1931 arranging his marriage. Given to the Joyce Tower by Samuel Beckett, 1982.’
Transcription of inscription:
Samuel Beckett
with thanks for his help
James Joyce

Submitted by: Shalmi Barman

Democracy Is Demonocracy: Selectocracy Is Heaven


Author: Opender Nath Karir
Title: Democracy Is Demonocracy: Selectocracy Is Heaven
Publisher: Sahasrara Pub
Year of publication: 2003
Place of publication: Noida
Purchase cost: Rupees 50
Ownership: Unsure- but apparently belonged to Rajdeep Sardesai at some point.
General comments: [by Admin] This might have been sent to or set aside for Rajdeep Sardesai by the author himself, judging by the self-referential praise in the inscription. Authors often request publishers to forward personalised gift copies but one cannot guarantee that a copy reached the intended recipient, so this may not be directly from the collection of Rajdeep Sardesai.
Transcription of inscription:
[printed label]
Presented to


with the hope

that this thesis against election-based democracy will be found to make some sense and that the Television Media will help to persuade the Political Parties, the Parliament and the Judiciary to reject election-based legislatures and governments, to be replaced by Selection-based legislatures and governments, peacefully, intelligently, lovingly.


[inscription in pen]
Dear Rajdeep Sardesai,

I am happy to present this book to you, especially because you take up such causes as “Criminalisation of Politics” in your “Big Fight” programmes. I do hope you will take up the cause of the Best Possible Governance for India which perhaps only SELECTOCRACY can provide, for all time to come.

While presenting this book to you, may I invite your attention to the following accounts:

a) When Elections Drove People Out of Their Homes               Page 53
b) Elections must be fought as Street Fighters                                     78
c) Congress and Communists in a Bloody Battle of Deaths             128
d) Violence…                                                                                          {131-138
e) A Member of Parliament Weeps Because of Not Being      {144-157
Given the Full Bribe                                                                                      169
f) Deceitful Delimitations                                                                           198
g) No Laddus From Laloo                                                                             204
h) The First Seed of Democratic Divisiveness                                       250
i) Democracy Brings About the Partition of India                                251
j) Democracy’s Divisiveness Threatens to Break up UK                     294
k) The Human Hankering                                                                             301
l) The Ethical Code: Its Impossible Implementation                           373
m) Degradation of National Security                                                399-413
n) Is the Politician a Sick Person?                                                               440
Submitted by: Udit Bhatia


Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard


Author: Eleanor Farjeon
Title: Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard
Publisher: W. Collins SonsIMG_0760
Year of publication: 1924
Ownership: Spotted in bookstore
General comments: I found this in Ulysses Rare Books, located on Duke Street in Dublin, while roaming around the city on Bloomsday 2016. Martin Pippin is one of my favourite books and I was so excited to find this gorgeous (and unaffordable) hardback in the Children’s Literature section complete with an endpapers inscription that I took a couple of quick snapshots on my phone. Unfortunately the store manager then asked me to stop, so I had to look up the publication details online later. The picture of the cover is sourced from ebay, which also informs me that the binding is suede and that the endpapers in this edition were illustrated by C. E. Brock. The inscription is from Hamlet, III.ii.157-60, spoken by the Player Queen. Martin Pippin is a fable about love, so these lines seem curiously appropriate to me (and make me want to reread the book).
Transcription of inscription: martin pippin cover
[in pencil]

Now what my love is, proof hath made you know,
And as my love is siz’d, my fear is so:
Where love is great, the littlest doubts are fear;
Where little fears grow great, great love grows there.

Submitted by: Shalmi Barman

The Second Sex

Simone De Beauvoir
Title: The Second Sex
Translator: H.M. Parshley
Publisher: Pan Books
Year of publication: 1988
Place of publication: London
Place of purchase: College Street, Kolkata
Price: INR 300
Ownership: Thirdhand or above
Transcription of inscription:
Dearest B,
Happy Birthday
3rd Mar. 94
Submitted by: Kristi