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

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

Sonnets

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Author:
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:
[stamp]
12851

Lav’s labours not lost

Ruby Chatterji
Submitted by: Shalmi Barman

Meaure for Measure

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Author: William Shakespeare
Title: Measure for Measure
Publisher: Everyman
Year of Publication: 1994
Editor: John F. Andrews
Ownership: Gift?
General comments: This is probably a gift, I don’t think I bought it secondhand. But as you can see, the inscription bears no name and date and I can’t remember who gave it to me! I have a hunch, but I’m a little nervous about asking someone if they ever addressed me in such loving terms when they might not have (and also about admitting I forgot).
Transcription of dedication/inscription:
To the most wonderfully beautiful person I ever had the privilege of knowing. Here’s to hoping you always have a book to read and a song to make you happy …  : )
Love.
Submitted by: Anushka Sen