Wednesday, June 16, 2004


K. is already nearly done with rereading (again) The Prime Minister. Lately, there have been lots of quotes in print from the Palliser novels, related to aspects of politics these days. Something that Mr. Bonteen said was even quoted. We had fun looking up "guano" in the Chambers's Encyclopaedia that was issued in a succession of volumes beginning with the first, in 1859, and continuing into the 1860's. There's even a guano domain. The boards on our copy have this marble design, but much more worn. These 10 original volumes we bought for a quarter apiece long ago. No matter how much we use them, they always release the nostalgic smell of woodsmoke when taken down from the shelf.


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