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Classical Mythology (4th ed.), Morford and Lenardon, 1991.

ETA, after this photo has made the rounds of Pinterest and, apparently, made bibliophiles the world over cry*:

Yes, I WROTE ALL OVER THIS BOOK. It is a text book. I used it for several classes, and I learned or discovered something new each time I read it. There is nothing sacred or intrinsically special about this book, aside from the fact that it contains many of my notes. It is not intrinsically valuable. If you want one of your own, you can buy it used on Amazon for 1 penny. Only, you know, it won't be special like mine, because you won't have written in it. Yet.

* And if this moves you to tears, you should see my copy of Lattimore's translation of The Iliad. YOU WILL WEEP.

retro traveler, Emily Barney, rreis, and 5 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. retro traveler 97 months ago | reply

    I count at least three hands on this page. One writer added additional notations with a black pen after using a blue pen on a previous read. Thanks for posting this image. I love studying marginalia.

  2. Cat Sidh 97 months ago | reply

    Ha! That page is all my hand, actually. Some of the notations are years apart, and my handwriting has changed a bit over time.

  3. retro traveler 97 months ago | reply

    d'oh! I'm curious - what was your age when you wrote your notations? For instance, were you 18 for one set then 22 for another? I'm just curious. :)

    PS - you have great penmanship.

  4. Cat Sidh 97 months ago | reply

    I think I got the book in 1992, so there's about a 15 year span between the earliest and latest parts, with notes made in between. It's a heavily used book.

    And, thanks! Handwriting is awfully personal, so it's hard to look at your own objectively. To me, my handwriting is kind of cramped and never tidy enough. I blame lots of note taking in college for ruining my penmanship.

  5. fairy dancer2013 27 months ago | reply

    You know it took me years to realize I should write in my Bible. I thought I would be struck by lighting. Now I write in all my books and love to get hold of one that someone has written in ....

  6. Cat Sidh 27 months ago | reply

    I remember being shocked and a little bit in awe when I saw one of the nuns at my school writing in her Bible. I didn't realize that was allowed! Every once in a while I find a Bible at a thrift shop that's been written in, and I always buy them.

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