The Library at Night

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Author: Alberto Manguel
Title: The Library at Night
Publisher: Yale University Press
Year of publication: 2006
Place of publication: Canada
Place of purchase: Jaipur
Purchase cost: Rupees 750
Ownership: Firsthand
General comments: The transcription of the inscription is pretty nondescript, the story behind it a lot more memorable. I ignored a deep-rooted distaste for a certain kind of literature festival when I heard Manguel was to be part of the JLF a couple of years ago. He didn’t disappoint one bit, criticizing Amazon (the main sponsor) with quiet glee while sitting under its banner and skillfully disappearing after every session. I happened to simply run into him while this book was on me. That I was even more reticent to engage with him than he with me seemed to encourage him to sign the book and later enthusiastically pose for a photo.The frog’s a linguistic pun- he found my name amusing and was pleasantly surprised when I told him I was in on the joke (my name means little frog in Spanish).
Transcription of inscription:
To
Ranita,
with best wishes

[signature]
A. Manguel
22.1.15
Submitted by:
Ranita Ray

A Cricket Odyssey

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Author: Scyld Berry
Title: A Cricket Odyssey: England on Tour 1987-88
Publisher: Pavilion Books IMG_20170403_151343
Year of publication: 1988
Place of publication: London
Editor: Foreword by Tim Rice
Place of purchase: Amazon India
Ownership: Secondhand
General comments: With photographs by Graham Morris. This book was acquired online by Arshdeep from an Amazon seller who specialises (he says) in secondhand sports books. Spotted by Shalmi in the School of Cultural Texts and Records.
Transcription of inscription:
Scyld Berry
Submitted by: Arshdeep Singh Brar, via Shalmi Barman

Cricket is My Life

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Author: Leonard Hutton
Title: Cricket is My Life
Publisher: Hutchinson & Co. Ltd.
Place of publication:
London
Place of purchase: Ebay UK
Ownership: Secondhand
General comments: I found this book while looking for secondhand cricket books at the Ebay UK website. However, finding a book autographed by Sir Len was too good to be true and I didn’t hesitate for a moment before submitting my bid. Sir Leonard was one of the finest to have graced the game and this signed copy of his autobiography will be a prized possession of my collection.
Transcription of inscription:
Len Hutton
Submitted by: Sarbajit Mitra
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Ramkinkar Baij illustration

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Artist: Ramkinkar Baij
Title: Personal book of poems
Year of publication: 1959
Place of publication: Shantiniketan, Bolpur
Ownership: Gift
General comments: My Grandfather was very close to a few people in Shantiniketan and my mother even studied there in the 80s. This small gift was by Ramkinkar Baij on the first page of a personal notebook where my grandfather wrote down poems of his own and others. Archiving is something I genuinely believe in and Bengal’s conceit over its heritage sometimes hinders its conservation of the past. I have been a fan of Endpapers for sometime and I am very glad to contribute in this small way.
Submitted by: Teerna Bhattacharya

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

Kangal Malshat

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Author: Nabarun Bhattacharya img_20161029_215338
Title: কাঙাল মালসাট (The War-Cry of the Beggars)
Publisher: Saptarshi
Year of publication: 2005 (3rd edition)
Place of publication: Serampore
Place of purchase: Chinsurah
Ownership: Gift; borrowed
General comments: Admin found this in a box of books left behind in the Department of English by Aritra Chakraborti, who recently completed his PhD at JU and moved to Hyderabad. Aritra da said that he had got the book as a present from his father, and got it autographed a couple of years later when he bumped into Nabarun da outside the now-closed Worldview bookstore on campus. Having the book on hand, he asked the author for an autograph; Nabarun da asked him why he wanted such a thing. He would go on to run into the author several times, at Jadavpur 8B, and at the Kolkata Book Fair where Nabarun da once asked him to write an article on Bengali pornography for his magazine Bhashabandhan. Aritra da admits that he never did get around to it.
Transcription of inscription:
বুড়োকে জন্মদিনে–
বাবা
২০০৬.

শুভেচ্ছা
নবারুণ ভট্টাচার্য
৩১.১.০৮

[To the old fellow on his birthday–
Father
2006.

Good wishes
Nabarun Bhattacharya
31.1.08]
Submitted by: Aritra Chakraborti, via Shalmi Barman

Lola Rose

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Author: Jacqueline Wilson   img_20160918_142442
Title: Lola Rose
Publisher: Doubleday
Year of publication: 2003
Place of publication: Great Britain
Place of purchase: Book Tuk, Kolkata
Purchase cost: Rupees 60
Ownership: Secondhand
General comments: I bought Lola Rose from a secondhand book store some time in August. I have been reading children’s books as a 20 year old to understand how adults read and receive children’s literature and so far, this personal project has been very interesting. As a part of the same project, I had also read Jacqueline Wilson’s The Illustrated Mum and I have come to greatly appreciate her literary works.
Anyway, so I open this copy of Lola Rose and on the first page it is signed, “Love, Jacqueline Wilson”. So obviously I freaked out and went online to Google her signature. And turns out that the signature on my copy is INDEED authentic and I had thus come to possess a signed copy of her book, albeit unwittingly.
Transcription of inscription:
To fiona

love
Jacqueline Wilson

xxxxxx
Submitted by: Sayari Debnath

The Great Derangement

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Author: Amitav Ghosh
Title: The Great Derangement
General comments: Amitav Ghosh inspired me to study social anthropology when I first read In an Antique Land, and has been our favourite author since the three of us read The Hungry Tide. Only fair that we co-own a book written by him now, which sheds light on climate change and what it means in the context of power, politics and poverty.
Transcription of inscription:
for Mrinalini, Sucheta & Reeti.

Amitav Ghosh (signature)
Submitted by: Reeti Roy

Haveth Childers Everywhere

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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:
To
Samuel Beckett
with thanks for his help
James Joyce

London
10.1931
Submitted by: Shalmi Barman