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Summer Blogging: Life and Letters III

In the stacks yesterday and I come upon The Letters of Percy Bysshe Shelley, in two volumes, Charles Scribners and Sons, 1909.  The editor Roger Ingpen credits Mary Shelley in his introduction with being the savior of Percy’s letters, there is an illustration of him as a boy for a front piece.  Dark blue leather bindings, with gold letters on the spines, Volume One has a book plate suggesting it was shelved in Herring Cole, a crossed out Dewey Decimal number, and if the dates on inside of the back cover are accurate, the book was first checked out in 1952, and last checked out in 1970.  An old book of letters is a lot like a June afternoon that is lovely and still  and right here, it’s in reach.

~ by pdoty on .

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