The Harvard Classics


Author: Various (Plato, Epictetus, Marcus Aurelius)
Title: The Harvard Classics: Registered Edition
Publisher: Grolier Enterprises Corp.
Year of publication: 1980
Place of publication: Danbury, Connecticut, USA
Editor: Charles W. Eliot
Translators: Benjamin Jowett, Hastings Crossley, George Long
Place of purchase: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Purchase cost: CAD 10
Ownership: Thirdhand or above
General comments: Lest the reader be seduced by the wily ways of Socrates and his ilk, a previous owner (or just a crusading bookshelf browser?) of this volume of outdated classics translations has chosen to transcribe a few Bible verses onto the title page warning against the damnation the Greek philosophical tradition brings in its wake. This book was purchased on the campus of the University of Alberta in the autumn of 2014 at a used bookstore which no longer exists. It contains translations of three Platonic dialogues (the Apology, Crito, and Phaedo), the Golden Sayings of Epictetus, and the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius. As indicated by the embossment in the bottom righthand corner of the page, this book was once owned by one Gordon L. Jones of Guelph, Ontario, a small city (~ 130,000 pop.) to the west of Toronto and home to the University of Guelph. How the book ended up in Edmonton, some 3,000 km away, is anyone’s guess.
[title page]
“Those who cling to worthless idols
forfeit the grace that could be theirs.”
Jonah 2:8

“See to it that no one takes you captive through
hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends
on human tradition and the basic principles
of this world rather than on Christ.”
Colossians 2:8

Gordon Jones
Submitted by: James Matiko

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

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

My Animal Book


Author: Yevgeny Charushin IMG_6719
Title: My Animal Book
Publisher: Progress
Year of publication: 1980
Place of publication: Moscow
Translator: Olga Shartse
Place of purchase: Golpark
Purchase cost: Rupees 50
Ownership: Thirdhand or above
General comments: Purchased in bulk from Golpark. Since this is among the thicker volumes, let’s say the price would be around Rs. 50. Illustrations by Nikita Charushin.
Transcription of inscription:
Baishakhi Pal
Subhankar Pal

Happy Birthday
to Tulee,
Moudidi 1981.
Submitted by: Sujaan Mukherjee

The Twelve Months: Fairy Tales by Soviet Writers

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Title:  The Twelve Months: Fairy Tales by Soviet Writers
Publisher: Raduga
Year of publication: 1984
Place of publication: Moscow
Translator(s): James Riordan and others
Place of purchase: Golpark
Purchase cost: Rupees 50 (approx)
Ownership: Thirdhand or above
General comments: Purchased from Golpark along with a number of other Russian children’s books in translation. Hard to tell the price of each, because I picked up all seven that were available and paid Rs. 250 for the lot.
Transcription of inscription:
[stamp] Sulakshana Dutta

(‘To Soma,
Jetthi’ [aunt on father’s side])
Submitted by: Sujaan Mukherjee

A Hundred Years of Photography: 1839-1939

Lucia Moholy
Title: A Hundred Years of Photography: 1839-1939
Place of publication: Middlesex
Publisher: Penguin Books
Year of publication: 1939
Ownership: Thirdhand or more
General comments:
A gift to self from Shakespeare & Company, Paris. I have no idea how many hands it has changed. Publishers – same old Penguin Books Limited (notice their logo back then). Moreover, I found an interesting leaflet inside!
Transcription of inscription:
June 2014
Submitted by: Sreyasi Nag Chowdhury

The Once and Future King

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Author: T. H. White
Title: The Once and Future King
Publisher: Ace Books
Year of publication: 1987
Place of publication: New York
Place of purchase: New Delhi
Ownership: Thirdhand or above
General comments: Paperback, 639 p., purchased at the secondhand book market in Daryaganj, New Delhi in April, 2015. Possibly used as a textbook by a previous owner. Names of two owners written on the inside cover; ‘Allison’ is repeated in stylised letters on 209 p., and ‘McNAMARA’ is written with marker on the fore edge. Certain portions of text are highlighted with a blue ballpoint pen and annotated with single words.
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[Inside front cover]
Allison Fearn

[Title page]
= against time

[Title page of first book]
Merlyn – more mental strength
“Education is experience & the essence of experience is self reliance.”
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. meets Mr. P. – example of an absolute
. ruler – dictator
. rule by Fear

– Joust w/ Grummore & Pell.
. Wart had viewed knights as noble, chivalric
. Fighting is not a game

[Pg. 112]
Wart is learning to understand his surroundings & to survive
Submitted by: Shalmi Barman

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