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.|