ম্যাকবেথ

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Author: উইলিয়াম শেক্সপীয়ার [William Shakespeare] IMG_20170324_153042
Title: 
ম্যাকবেথ [Macbeth]
Publisher: 
আদিত্য প্রকাশালয় [Aditya Publishing House]
Year of publication: 1998
Place of publication:
Kolkata
Place of purchase:
College Street, Kolkata
Ownership:
Secondhand
General comments: 
Found and purchased by Shrutakirti Dutta while collecting ‘copy books’ of Shakespeare for Jadavpur University’s Shakespeare in Bengal project. Translations and prose summaries of Shakespeare’s plays continue to be used by English students of the various Kolkata colleges which have had Shakespeare in their syllabi since inception. Going by the cover illustration and the illustrated flyleaf with a space for inscription, this abridged translation in prose was probably meant to be given to younger readers.
Transcription of inscription:
প্রিয় বিপ্লবের ‘জন্মদিনে’
সোনালীর প্রীতি
উপহার

[On beloved Biplob’s ‘birthday’
Sonali’s loving
gift]
Submitted by: 
Shrutakirti Dutta, via Shalmi Barman

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

The World of Jeeves

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20160817_190710Author:
 P.G. Wodehouse
Title: The World of Jeeves
Publisher: Harper & Row
Place of publication: New York
Year of publication: 1989
Place of purchase: College Street
Ownership: Secondhand, gift
General comments: This book was a birthday gift from Anushka, long before we thought of Endpapers.
Transcription of inscription:
Apr 25th 2002
To my dearest Dida,
I want you to have this book, the short stories of which I have re-read countless times, for several reasons. You can say, compare Jeeves to Xavier – with Xavier indubitably coming out the winner. Second and most importantly – it is my favourite book – the principal Upanishads and Sartre are no match for it.
Your Raja Babu
[facing page]
Also! Today is Shweta’s Aashirbad. I hope to live a long happy and prosperous life with her. We are very much alike. She is intelligent and beautiful, and I have been called handsome since I was 2. We shall forge ahead in simplicity, love, pomp, passion and – love again. I know we have your blessings.
Your Grandson, Babu
Submitted by: Sujaan Mukherjee & Anushka Sen

Jibananda Das-er Sreshtha Kabita [Jibanananda Das’s Finest Poems]

20160813_16122720160813_161155Author: Jibanananda Das
Title: Jibananda Das-er Sreshtha Kabita [Jibanananda Das’s Finest Poems]
Year of publication: 1984
Place of publication: Kolkata
Ownership: Not in ownership; seen in Golpark
General comments: Spotted at a Golpark secondhand book shop.
Transcription of inscription:
শ্রী প্রভাতকুমার বন্দ্যোপাধ্যায়
[Sri Prabhat Kumar Bandyopadhyay]
02.02.98
Submitted by: Sujaan Mukherjee

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 Second Sex

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Author:
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
Love
Cha?s
Submitted by: Kristi

Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid

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Author: Douglas R. HofstadterIMG_0515
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Year of publication: 1999 (twentieth anniversary edition)
Place of publication: New York
Place of purchase: Chennai
Ownership: Firsthand
General comments: Avinash tells me he bought this book in Chennai, when he had gone there to study mathematics after school. When he promptly returned to Calcutta to study English he brought the book with him and it got soaked during one rainy day on the Jadavpur University campus. By this time he was very fond of the book, water-warped pages and all, and inscribed the following in it before lending it to Sohini Banerjee, a classmate.
As an aside, I, your humble archiver, might note that Avinash gifted me a copy of this book years later on a particular birthday, with warm recommendations and an interesting inscription therein too.
Transcription of inscription:
THIS DILAPIDATED DELIGHT IS THE PROPERTY OF AVINASH ANTONY. THE PAGES HAVE BEEN DOG-EARED AND DIRTIED WITH A LOT OF CARE AND AFFECTION. PLEASE DON’T HURT THIS BOOK, THERE’S A LOT THAT SHE CAN TEACH YOU.
MAKE SURE THAT HER PAGES DON’T GET LOOSE. AND IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND – TRY AND TRY AGAIN.
Submitted by: Avinash Antony, via 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.

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

Calcutta Old and New

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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