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

Tenida Samagra [The Collected Teni-da]

20160813_161311Author: Narayan Gangopadhyay
Title: Tenida Samagra [The Collected Teni-da]
Editor: Pranab Kumar Mukhopadhyay
Publisher: Ananda
Place of publication: Kolkata
Ownership: Not in ownership; seen in Golpark
General comments: Spotted this emphatic statement of possession at a Golpark secondhand book shop. Three names written with mixed scripts (bangla and Roman) are written: Imon, Arka, Arnab. But it appears the claim has been made by Imon who has traced a dotted line from the statement, ‘The one and only owner of this book is’, down to his own name. Most appropriate for a Teni-da book, no?
Transcription of inscription:
এই বইটির একমাত্র অধিকারী…
ই M অন
অ R ক
A র N ব
Submitted by: Sujaan Mukherjee

The Moon Princess

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Title: The Moon Princess
Publisher: Hamlyn
Year of publication: 1969
Ownership: Not in ownership; seen in Golpark
General comments: The book is illustrated by Susan Gibson. It is a school prize.
Transcription of inscription:
Assembly of God Church School
Awarded to
Name: Sujata Sanyal
Class: III
For 1st Prize
[signature]
Chairman
Board of Management
[signature] R Shaw
Principal
Date December 12th 1975
Submitted by: Sujaan Mukherjee

Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard


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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]
[1924]
€195

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.

SHAKESPEARE.
Submitted by: Shalmi Barman

A Book About Stars And Planets

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Author: Yefrem Levitan
Title: A Book About Stars And Planets To Be Read To Children
Publisher: RadugaIMG_0240
Year of publication: 1986
Place of publication: Moscow
Translator: Sergei Sosinsky
Place of purchase: Calcutta
Ownership: Firsthand, Gift
General comments: Hardback, with illustrations by Sergei Alimov. Featuring a space-travelling wizard who is summoned by a father to explain astronomical phenomena to two children. This was a long-lost book that I recently retrieved from my collection to pass on to my niece. She turned seven this April.
Transcription of inscription:
To Toobri,
for the funway of learning-
Baba & Ma.
Cal. Book Fair 2002
Submitted by: Shalmi Barman

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L to R above: Title page, recto, and copyright page, backing verso. Not a spread, but presented in this way to demonstrate the continuity of design.

Ukrainian Folk Tales

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Title: Ukrainian Folk Tales FullSizeRender (1)
Publisher: Dnipro
Year of publication: 1986
Place of publication: Kiev
Translator: Irina Zheleznova
Place of purchase: Kolkata
Ownership: Secondhand
General comments: Purchased at the secondhand book market, Golpark. Hardback. Illustrated by Yuli Kryha.
Transcription of dedication/inscription:
[cover] Roop Mukherjee

[short title page] To
Roop Mukherjee
Presented by
Ma       FullSizeRender (2)
5.9.88.
Submitted by: Sanjukta Roy

The Adventures of Dennis

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Author: Victor Dragunsky      FullSizeRender (1)
Title: The Adventures of Dennis
Publisher: Raduga
Year of publication: 1985
Place of publication: Moscow
Translator: Fainna Glagoleva
Place of purchase: Kolkata
Purchase cost: Rupees 100
Ownership: Secondhand
General comments: Purchased at a secondhand book stall in Golpark. Hardback, yellow boards with illustration, 240 p. ISBN 5-05-000038-6. Designed by Yuri Ivanov. FullSizeRender (2)
I have included pictures of an illustrated page and of the illustrated endpapers featuring the titular Dennis. Few things about a book make me as happy as beautiful endpapers, and Soviet publications usually have excellent examples of this.
Transcription of dedication/inscription:
[with underline flourish] Arnab Ghosh

To
My Dear ‘Montai’
from – ‘Ma’
10.4.1991
Submitted by: Shalmi Barman
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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Author: Mark Twain                                            IMG_20160303_154955793
Title: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Publisher: Bantam Dell, a division of Random House, Inc.
Year of publication: 1981
Place of publication: New York, USA
Place of purchase: Oxford Bookstore, Kolkata
Purchase cost: Rupees 149
Ownership: Gift
Transcription of dedication/inscription:
Dear Rachel,
Happy Birthday! (In the near future anyway) It has been great getting to know you (Emily) and seeing you again (Jarrod) over the course of this year. We apologize for not finding a good Indian History type book (believe us, Jarrod looked hard!) However, this is an American classic. You will find it a very quick read and we hope an enjoyable one. It takes place only a few hours from Mt. Pleasant Iowa where your father goes so frequently. We hope to see you again in the not-too-distant future!
Jarrod & Emily
Submitted by: Rachel Issac

My Animal Book

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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

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