The Library at Night


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:
with best wishes

A. Manguel
Submitted by:
Ranita Ray

Tales of Mystery and Imagination


Author: Edgar Allan Poe
Title: Tales of Mystery and Imagination img_20170129_154541
Publisher: Everyman’s Library
Year of publication: 1971
Place of publication: London
Editor: Introduction by Pádraic Colum
Place of purchase: Kolkata
Ownership: Secondhand
General comments: This book was bought by Devalina di at the Kolkata Book Fair 2017. She told me that it was very unlikely she would read it, given the punishingly small print, but Poe is always a good purchase and even more so when the cover art and inscriptions are as interesting as these.
Transcription of inscription:
(illustration of four hearts) 10

[title page] img_20170129_154635
To Ruma from herself.

[Introduction, p. v]
A memorable day The 17th, and a happy day to.
Submitted by: Devalina Mookerjee, via Shalmi Barman

Ramkinkar Baij illustration


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

Machiavelli’s Virtue


Harvey Mansfield
Title: Machiavelli’s Virtue
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Year of publication: 1996
Place of publication: Chicago
Ownership: Borrowed from the Social Science library at Oxford University.
General comments: Drawing of a gun–apparently to emphasise the significance of military training in Machiavelli’s conception of virtue.
Submitted by: Udit Bhatia

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

St Clare’s

IMG_20151024_135841Author: Enid BlytonIMG_20151024_135906
Title: St Clare’s (Three Books in One)
Publisher: Reed International Books
Year of publication: 1997
Place of publication: London
Place of purchase: New Delhi
Ownership: Gift
General comments: While the smiley is self-explanatory, the Marco Polo is a bit of a puzzle. My best guess is that it doesn’t refer directly to the merchant/explorer, but to the cheat codes ‘Marco’ and ‘Polo’ that can be used in Age of Empires 2, a game I was obsessed with back then, to reveal the map and remove the fog of war respectively.
Transcription of inscriptions:
To Tintin with love, from Bhaishona
Dec ’02

[Additional scribbling by me]
(big smiley)
Submitted by: Devarshi Chakrabarty

Tintin and the Picaros


picaros_2Author: Hergé
Title: Tintin and the Picaros
Publisher: Methuen
Year of publication: 1977 (reprint 1988)
Place of publication: London
Translator(s): Leslie Lonsdale-Cooper, Michael Turner
Ownership: Gift
General comments: Suparna was our then prospective aunt-in-law (মামি). She had a habit of drawing little things and making it colourful. The unfortunately transcribed name “Fakku” is another pet-name for Sroyon Mukherjee.
Transcription of dedication/inscription:
To Dear
With much luv
Submitted by: Sujaan Mukherjee