The Crime Of Sylvestre Bonnard

Unfortunately my copy of the title work of fiction is not one of the Bodley Head collection of the works of Anatole France, illustrated by Frank C. Papé. It is, however, an early Folio Society volume of 1948, complete with dust jacket. This charming little tale, first published in 1891, was the author’s first novel.Continue reading “The Crime Of Sylvestre Bonnard”

A History Of The World

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. FURTHER ENLARGEMENT MAY BE OBTAINED WITH A CLICK OR TWO Today I finished enjoying another Bodley Head publication of the collaboration between author Anatole France andContinue reading “A History Of The World”

La Reine Pédauque

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. FURTHER ENLARGEMENTS MAY BE MADE WITH A CLICK OR TWO Jackie has come to an agreement with Jessica at rusty duck to attempt to preserve this year’sContinue reading “La Reine Pédauque”

The Gods Are Athirst

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH MAY BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT Often underestimated is the influence of a translator on the literary quality of a written work of art. It seems to me that the translation ofContinue reading “The Gods Are Athirst”

Something About Eve

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE IN A GROUP TO ACCESS ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH MAY BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT. FURTHER ENLARGEMENT CAN BE OBTAINED WITH A CLICK OR TWO. Although enhanced by the skilled, insightful, sometimes scurrilous, illustrations of Frank C. Papé, ‘Something About EveContinue reading “Something About Eve”

‘Soul-Contenting Pictures’

CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Today’s title comes from James Branch Cabell’s preface to ‘The Silver Stallion, a Comedy of Redemption’, another of the splendid collaborations between the author and his illustrator, Frank C, Papé. This is the first illustrated edition of 1928 published by The Bodley Head. The work isContinue reading “‘Soul-Contenting Pictures’”

The Age Of Chivalry

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE. REPEAT IF REQUIRED Today began with leaden skies and raindrops on windows. Even owls, dripped on from branches above,  peered enviously inside. Late this afternoon, when the rain had desisted somewhat, we took a car load of rubbish, that we had ourselves recycled once or twice already, to Efford RecyclingContinue reading “The Age Of Chivalry”

Various Stages Of Life

CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE THEM. REPEAT IF REQUIRED The experts on the antiques programme Bargain Hunt, which we generally watch at lunchtime, tell us that silver items should not be polished, for that activity eventually obliterates the hallmarks. Many antique book dealers also believe that uncut book pages should be left in their pristineContinue reading “Various Stages Of Life”