Friday, December 10, 2010

trouvée: the librarian

This one comes from the gentleman's collection ~ a young librarian with some heavy reading. Uninscribed, but likely dating to the 1880s.

Recently the gentleman and I received an extraordinary addition to our already burgeoning library ~ more than a hundred history, art, architecture, and garden books. Along with biographies, published journals and diaries. A carefully curated archive, a treasure trove of information, given to us by a true scholar. Oh, the gift of knowledge is a most glorious thing!

With visions of English pleasure gardens dancing in my head, it is hard to image that I have room for much fiction. But, oh I do! My winter reading list:

* Curiosity, by Joan Thomas (due out in the US in March)
* Walt Whitman's Secret, by George Fetherling (this and the above, via The Overdecorated Bookcase)
* The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell
* Parrot and Olivier in America, by Peter Carey
* The Professor and the Madman, by Simon Winchester (one piece of non fiction!)
* and of course, finishing up those Stieg Larsson mysteries!

Happy weekend, happy reading. Cheers.

7 comments:

victoria thorne said...

she is one truly beautiful soul. congrats on the splendid splendid gift.

little augury said...

I have read 2 on your list, have you read the 13th tale? just went right thru that. I adore the librarian

Inkslinger said...

Oh!! I do hope you like those books as much as I did . . . and I'm going to add the others to my list (the ones not already on it, that is). Happy reading indeed! :)

smilla4blogs said...

Indeed the most glorious gift I could ever imagine....I could just hug her! This treasure will give you a lifetime of joy. The gentleman's photograph is perfect for the occasion!

home before dark said...

I need to apply for a JCB & Her Gentleman library card. what a wonderful, loving gift. I have visions of you two having to walk around your apartment with 1' wide, book-lined pathways!

Janet said...

Victoria ~ a beautiful soul indeed!

little a ~ 13th tale is on my stack, but I haven't read it yet. Perhaps I'll have to throw that on the list too.

Inkslinger ~ I ALWAYS like your recommendations.

mom ~ so nice to have the gentleman's collection to dip into every now and then!

hbd ~ your vision is not far off base! We are thinking of cataloguing everything through Library Thing, so library cards may very well be needed!!

ArchitectDesign™ said...

100 volumes? Time for more bookshelves!