On Anarchism

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Author: Noam Chomsky chomsky-cover
Title: On Anarchism
Publisher: Penguin
Year of publication: 2014
Place of publication: London
Place of purchase: Chakrabarti/Chatterjee, College Street, Kolkata
Purchase cost: Rupees 250
Ownership: Gift
General comments: I got this as a birthday present from a friend of mine who is leaving India to do her PhD. This book reminded her of the very first political discussions we had in the sun-drenched winter afternoons in Presidency University, Kolkata where we spent our undergraduate years together.
Transcription of inscription:
স্নেহের দীপ্যমান-কে,
দুই-কুড়ি-এর পর সবটাই anarchy.
অতএব|
-শুভাত্রী
2016

[To beloved Dipyaman,
Everything after two scores is anarchy.
Therefore.
-Shuvatri
2016]
Submitted by: Dipyaman

Prize Stories 1984 – The O. Henry Awards

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Authors: Various
Title: Prize Stories 1984 – The O. Henry Awards
Publisher: Anchor Press
Year of publication: 1984
Place of publication: Garden City, NY
Editor: William Abrahams
Ownership: Uncertain – either stolen from library, bought from library sale, or some other means entirely
General comments: Hardbound edition, with a bookplate inside the front cover identifying it as belonging to the American Center Library in Calcutta. I inherited this book from my father, who once told me that it was absurdly simple, back in the day, toimg_20161229_200512 walk into the American Center Library, walk out with a book that took one’s fancy, and never come back. I wonder if that is how he acquired this volume, or whether it was borrowed in turn from a college friend who had flexible ideas about property. It is one of my favourite inherited books because of the list of unconnected, evocative words scribbled on the opening endpaper. These are words and phrases a previous owner had probably intended to look up (their occurrences are underlined in-text in blue pen), but this page always gave me the impression of a freeflowing prose poem.
Transcription of inscription: 
gauzy, numismatic
‘canny burgler’, fomenting
coddling, hammock, winnow
alianthus (tree), whanged,
vamoosed, rancid, drunk-clobbered,
hombre, grue, flamenco, hood-winked,
pit-free, harridan, supine, vim,
popeyed, dire, funk, tummy, sniveling,
purblind, jowled, whoop, hubris, bravado,
permeated, gravy mix, acne, pantyhose, defecation,
enema, paprika, chunk, warped, marauded,
mope, corduroy, macrame, sequined, pardoner
confidante, poodles, cherubic, houndstooth, laundromat,
tawny, faille, shantung, velours, kugel, pirogen, latr[?]
blintzes, zinnias, muggers, stranglers, dentures, coursing,
‘her hair cut short in bangs’, dewlaps, rakehe[?]
toupee, gossamer, dowager’s humps, ‘shoes cut out
for bunions’, tableaux, guitty, conflagrations, marauders,
caldrons, crenellated, circumcision, jonquil, ruse,
brambles, scoffed, marquee, sorcery, dung rodent,
pinochle, squawk, thwack, frond, barrettes, cornet,
obeisant, beak of light, cuneiform, comatose,

Submitted by: Shalmi Barman

Catullus – The Complete Poetry

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Author: Catullus 2016-07-13_6793.JPG
Title: The Complete Poetry
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Year of publication: 1957
Place of publication: Ann Arbor
Translator: Frank O. Copley
Ownership: Secondhand, in my late husband’s collection 
General comments: John Prescott, my husband, was a second-hand bookseller in London all his life. He accumulated a substantial amount of books himself, in all kinds of subjects. The inscription in this one makes one’s heart jump (Endpapers’ editor Shalmi’s certainly did when I showed her), but I don’t actually think that this book ever reached the person it is inscribed to: perhaps the publisher never sent it on. 15/- is 15 shillings in British old money (pre-1971).
Transcription of inscription:

Out of print
15/-

To Mr. E.E. Cummings –
quicquid hoc libelli
qualecumque –
with sincere regards,
Frank O. Copley
Submitted by: Ariadne van de Ven

Cricket & Beyond

img_20160902_084605-minimg_20160908_093603-minAuthor: Gulu Ezekiel
Title: Cricket & Beyond
Publisher: Ocean Books
Year of publication: 2011
Place of publication: New Delhi
Place of purchase: Bookworm
Price: 
Rs. 130
Ownership: Second hand
General comments: This copy was a gift from the author to Ramchandra Guha.
Transcription of inscription:
To Ram,
Best wishes,
Gulu E.
Submitted by: Bedbyas Datta

Growth and Structure of the English Language

20161201_200242-minAuthor: Otto Jespersen
Title: Growth and Structure of the English Language 20161201_200355-min
Publisher: Basil Blackwell
Year of publication: 1962
Place of publication: Oxford
Ownership: Borrowed from library
General comments: This book was found by Sujaan in the Ruby Chatterji collection of the Department of English, Jadavpur University.
Transcription of inscription:
Gopal Krishna Gandhi
r.d[?] New Delhi (from Oxford)
January 10, 1966.
Submitted by: Sujaan Mukherjee

Shorosh golpo

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Author: Bimal Kar
Title: Shorosh golpo
Publisher: Ananda
Year of publication: Nov 1985; 2nd rev ed, 3rd imprint Dec 2005
Place of publication: Kolkata
Place of purchase: Kolkata
Price: Rs. 125
Ownership: Gift
General comments: Gifted by a dear friend at the time on my birthday, October 2006.
Transcription of inscription:
To the best possible Gravy Chewer on this planet.
(Although I’m open to convincing arguments of the expensive gift nature).
2006.
Submitted by: Poushali Bhadury aka Kaichu