Tennyson/ Poems of 1842


Author: Alfred Tennyson
Title: Poems of 1842
Publisher: Collin Publishers IMG_2160
Year of publication: London and Glasgow
Place of publication: 1968
Editor: Christopher Ricks
Place of purchase: College Street
Purchase cost: Rs. 200
Ownership: Secondhand
[front cover]
Bhola Banerjee

Rs 25/-

Bhola Banerjee
Reader in English
Gauhati University
~Gauhati: 1968~
Submitted by: Isha Lahiri



Author: Alistair Maclean
Title: Partisans
Publisher: Fontana/Collins
Year of publication: 1988
Place of purchase: College Street, Kolkata
Purchase cost: Rupees 20
Ownership: Secondhand
General comments: On a day in autumn in 2013, while rummaging through the book stalls at Peary Charan Sarkar Street (College Street by lane), I was overjoyed to buy a handful of Alistair Maclean books each at 20 INR. In one of them I was delighted to find this.
Transcription of inscription:
Surajit Biswas.

Be never too young, never too old
always strong enough
to live and love and inquire
ever loving,
always kind.
May life share its many blessings
with you,
and may its burdens be ever light
The wind at your back,
the sun in your soul,
and our love in your heart
now and forever.
For you and your Daddy,
my heart ever yours,
my love and my life
yours forever.
Submitted by: Agniva Roychowdhury

Rubaiyat i Omar Khayyam


Author: Omar Khayyam
Title: Rubaiyat i Omar Khayyam
Publisher: Dey’s Publishing
Year of publication: 1983 (1st edition)
Place of publication: Kolkata
Translator: Kantichandra Ghosh
Purchase cost: Rupees 30
Ownership: Gift
General comments: This is very special because this shows the trend of presenting books on marriage ceremonies that was very much in practice even 20 years ago. This was given to my parents on their marriage by one of my uncles. He wrote it himself. It has the names of my parents Rana and Shelly in it.
Transcription of inscription:
রানা – 15878324_10207783275890223_1807417895_o

সাথী মিলে গেলে আসে
জীবনেতে পূর্ণতা,
সুখে-দঃখে সাথী দেবে
ভরে সব শূন্যতা।

শুভেচ্ছা জানালাম
আজ মধু লগনে
মন থেকে যেতে পারে
যে “শেলী” মগনে।।

পথের আলাপী
সমীর দা

[Rana –

When you find a partner
your life is complete
In joy and sorrow
she will fill up the emptiness

I wish you well
on this happy day
So you can dedicate
your heart to Shelly

An acquaintance from the road
Samir da]
Submitted by: Ragini Chakraborty

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

Catullus – The Complete Poetry


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

To Mr. E.E. Cummings –
quicquid hoc libelli
qualecumque –
with sincere regards,
Frank O. Copley
Submitted by: Ariadne van de Ven

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]
Submitted by: Sujaan Mukherjee

Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard


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]

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.

Submitted by: Shalmi Barman

Rudyard Kipling’s Verse


Author: Rudyard Kipling
Title: The Definitive Edition of Rudyard Kipling’s Verse
Publisher: Hodder and Stoughton
Year of publication: 1966 reprint
Place of publication: London
Ownership: Secondhand      kiplingfront
General comments: My husband, John Prescott, was a secondhand book seller and the house is full of books – both his own accumulations and books that were intended for the shop. I am now going through it all and selecting which books I want to keep and which should find a home where they will be read and loved.
This Kipling I shall probably keep because of its inscription. There was also a name (there is a vague B remaining), which has been rubbed out vigorously.
Transcription of inscription:
East is East and West is West
and never the twain shall meet

they didn’t: here’s the proof
B[rubbed out]

Submitted by: ariadne van de ven


William Shakespeare
Title: Sonnets
Publisher: Spring Books
Year of publication: 1977
Ownership: Gift         WP_20151231_001
General comments: This book was given to Lav Kanoi by Ruby Chatterji, former professor at Delhi University who, post retirement, donated enough books to the English Department of Jadavpur University from her personal collection to furnish a student library dubbed the Ruby Chatterji Collection. Lav, himself once a student librarian, recalls that Ruby di picked out the book for him and wrote the inscription with “a shaking hand” in either late 2011 or early 2012. Ruby Chatterji passed away in 2012. The library named for her continues to be operated by students of JU’s English department and new additions are regularly made to it.
Transcription of inscription:

Lav’s labours not lost

Ruby Chatterji
Submitted by: Shalmi Barman

The Selected Poems of Federico Garcia Lorca

lorca1 Author: Federico Garcia Lorcalorca2
Title: The Selected Poems
Publisher: The New Classic Series
Year of publication: 1955
Place of publication: New York
Editors: Francisco Garcia Lorca, Donald M. Allen
Translators: several
Ownership: Gift
General comments:
This was a gift from a former teacher of English literature, and someone I grew very close to. Ruby di had an incredible collection of books, much of which she donated to the Department of English, JU, student library. A few she had reserved as gifts for me and she knew exactly what my taste in literature was like. I have speculated if the “Jyoti” is perhaps Jyoti Bhattacharya, but it may well not be him. One wonders what had disrupted the peace to begin with.
Transcription of inscription:
For Ruby Di
As an overture of peace
(your most humble, though devoted, admirer.)
Submitted by: Sujaan Mukherjee