Monday, April 6, 2009

...and its Treasure on the Garden throw

This is one of the pages in an old book that my husband once bought for .25c many years ago. The pages are not numbered.

It was a library discard from the Fort Frances Public Library. Stamped: DISCARD F.F.P.L.

This is the inside cover, with the library stamp at the top. The Fort Frances Library discarded a 1909 edition of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, illustrated by Willy Pogany (1882-1955). Pogany was an Hungarian American illustrator of fairy tales, children's books, ladies fashion, and magazine covers. Pogany also illustrated advertisements for consumer commodities like soap and rugs at the turn of the century when Orientalism was in high gear in the West.

Originally, this edition had 16 tipped-in illustrations, which means that the images were on separate sheets that were glued down onto the pages of the book. Three of the tipped-in illustrations are missing, having been stolen many years since from the pages of this library book by former borrowers ... you know who you are!


Merche Pallarés said...

Lovely book! And, it was discarded??!! How ignorant people can be... Hugs, M.

afrodescendiente said...


northshorewoman said...

Merche Pallares (does this mean something, btw?) and afrodescendiente (that, too, is an interesting name), yes, beautiful. But neglected. There are many old books that are of no interest to many. People like me, however, like old books. Besides the aesthetic appeal of an old book (their pages are different, their language is different) I read them for their cultural meanings.

I was talking to my sister today and we decided, after a conversation about the joys of sleuthing the shelves of libraries, of just randomly looking through random books, that we should schedule a 2 hr. long weekly 'library cruising.' It is meditative. No noises or interruptions, just books jumping off the shelf into your hands.

Merche Pallarés said...

I didn't understand your question btw??? Haven't the faintest what it means... unless you specify the context. Hugs, M.

northshorewoman said...

Merche, because I don't know Spanish, I was wondering if "Merche Pallares" is your birth name or a phrase that you use as your blog ID. That is my question.