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The Library of Lost Books

2 3/4" x 1 7/8"
78 pages,  28 illustrations

The list makes heartbreaking reading, and I'm not sure which I resent more: the loss of books through active human malevolence, or through stupid human thoughtlessness. Each has its place here, along with forgetfulness, carelessness, accident , embarrassment, and spite. Lord Byron's memoirs being ceremonially burned in John Murray's office fireplace, Sylvia Plath's Double Exposure, which may or may not be in the Ted Hughes archives, frozen until 2022., Clisson et Eugenie, Napoleon's novella, scattered across Europe, and the massive Yongle Encyclopedia, victim of budget cuts. And all the lost books of the Greece, Rome, Timbuktu, the Bible . . .

The book is printed on Mohawk Superfine paper, and bound in the same Mohawk paper (a different shade) and in mottled brown Indian pinto lokta paper.



This product was added to our catalog June 18, 2015
$36.00