22 March 2011

A Persephone Triple Play

  
Since I first started buying and reading Persephone editions I have been keeping an eye out for books by Persephone authors in secondhand shops. In particular I have been looking for Dorothy Whipples. There is a reason Persephone is doing the reading world a service--the authors they publish are pretty hard to find otherwise. And since I buy too many books but don't want to deprive myself of shopping for books, I have been focusing on finding literary needles in haystacks rather than more easily available fare. So I hunt for the hard to find. But don't get this confused with antiquarian books. I don't have much time for expensive books that have already been "discovered" and shined up by booksellers. I like finding the forgotten copies.

Last week when we went out to see the beautiful ocean, we stopped at Unicorn Bookshop along Route 50 in Trappe, Maryland. Lo, and behold, I found not one but three Persephone authors.

Find of finds. A Dorothy Whipple on this side of the Atlantic.

Once I found it I got greedy and wished it was a Whipple title that
Persephone doesn't publish. Still, I wasn't going to pass it up.

I loved, loved, loved the Persephone edition of Dorothy Canfield Fisher's
The Home-Maker so I couldn't pass up this one either.

FHB isn't as hard to find in the US as Whpple but this one was still a must have.

Not in perfect condition, but I can't wait to read it.

7 comments:

  1. Oh lucky you! They are such gorgeous books! I particularly admire the Whipple with her signature on the front and the illustrated Hodgson Burnett. I find illustrated books such a treat. Well done!

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  2. I would have picked up the Whipple too - wonderful!

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  3. A great day out made even better and I love the illustration on the bottom photo!

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  4. What great finds! I'll be looking forward to your thoughts on those second two.

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  5. Thomas you got such a great haul! The Deepening Stream is supposed to be Canfield's best - and The Priory is fantastic. I love that edition! I have that copy of T Tembarom - bought it years ago and still haven't read it!

    Enjoy, you lucky thing! In all my searches around the world in second hand bookshops I've only ever found two Dorothy Whipple original editions, and they were both in a ramshackle bookshop in a tiny coastal town outside of Cape Town. You just never know where these things will turn up!

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  6. Wonderful book loot! Lately the used bookstores I've been frequenting have all really featured newer titles, but I do always experience a thrill when I stumble across an older copy of a long-lost book I've been longing for! It really looks like you hit the jackpot!

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  7. I'm green with envy especially for the FHB which I haven't read. Looking forward to your review of it!

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