Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Prospecting for gold

I don't want to give the impression that I spend my whole day discovering first editions of classics.

I spend a lot more time weeding out Sooty annuals, Readers' Digest publications and tons of awful, middlebrow books from the 1920 and 30s that will never come back into fashion. However, it only takes one book to make it all worthwhile.

The other day I was wading through a pretty unpromising plastic crate when a rather scruffy, thin little book caught my eye. I opened it up and saw this:

It's amazing what people throw away.

The book is up for auction in June and hopefully, it will sell for a four-figure sum.


bye bye bellulah said...


A Bookish Way of Life said...


kimbofo said...

My god, what a find!

By the way, I'm really enjoying your posts about the things you discover in the books you're sorting through. Great stuff!

The Poet Laura-eate said...

Well done indeed - I'll bet you danced a jig when you found it!

You MUST go to the auction room and witness the outcome.

Personal training & development obviously.

Grey Area said...

oh crikey!!!!

Art said...

My consolation for having no clue who Sasson was is that he was a Brit, so perhaps his fame does not extend past the Britain's shores. Although Wikipedia and 200,000 other hits suggest otherwise.

Brett said...

Nice one!

Speaking of middlebrow books of the '30's, last year I read "Corn in Egypt", by Warwick Deeping.

Annabel Gaskell said...

Gosh - what a wonderful find.

Steerforth said...

Art, there are Brits who haven't heard of Sassoon too. My mother thought that he was a hairdresser.