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Old Books, New Light

Sitting in the same morning sun that so fascinated me in the previous posts.

(They are normally kept in the shade – don’t worry book lovers!!)


“Last Essays of Elia” – first published in 1833. This book was printed in 1902 although it looks older. It has a written inscription inside from a “John Mair McKenzie” from Woodend, Kings Gate (Aberdeen, Scotland). Elia was a pseudonym used by Charles Lamb of London b1775 - d1834. They’re still pretty good essays.


“The Duty of Man”. Printed in 1812 and in pretty bad shape. I don’t much hold to its contents. In fact I find the whole god fearing diatribe mildly amusing….I doubt anything quite like this could be published today. The first page: “The Complete DUTY OF MAN or a system of doctrinal and practical Christianity to which are added forms of prayer and office of devotions for thr various circumstances of life. Designed for the use of families by Henry Venn AM. Rector of Yelling in Huntingdonshire and Chaplian to the Earl of Buchan” My goodness! Yelling indeed – the poor Earl!!!


“Companions of Columbus”. This edition is specially bound as a prize given by the Edinburgh Angus Club in 1844.. This is a brilliant book!! Printed in Temple Bar London and bound at number 35 South Bridge, Edinburgh. This documents the adventures of those that followed immediately in Columbus’ wake – Alonzo De Ojeda, Pedro A Nino, Chris Guerra. Vincente Yanez Pinzon etc.etc. And many outrages were they guilty of too!!!!


OK – swotty moment over and done with!!!


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Taken on October 1, 2005