Textbooks The Library Mobi Read Apps Download The best time for book-hunting in Paris is the early morning. Hand of ♚Andrew Lang♚ “The take,” as anglers say, is “on” from half-past seven to half-past nine a.m. Hand of ♚Andrew Lang♚ At these hours the vendors exhibit their fresh wares, and the agents of the more wealthy booksellers come and pick up everything worth having. Hand of ♚Andrew Lang♚ These agents quite spoil the sport of the amateur. Hand of ♚Andrew Lang♚ They keep a strict watch on every country dealer’s catalogue, snap up all he has worth selling, and sell it over again, charging pounds in place of shillings. Hand of ♚Andrew Lang♚ But M. Hand of ♚Andrew Lang♚ de Resbecq vows that he once picked up a copy of the first edition of La Rochefoucauld’s “Maxims” out of a box which two booksellers had just searched. Hand of ♚Andrew Lang♚ The same collector got together very promptly all the original editions of La Bruyere, and he even found a copy of the Elzevir “Pastissier Francais,” at the humble price of six sous. Hand of ♚Andrew Lang♚ Now the ” Pastissier Francais,” an ill-printed little cookery-book of the Elzevirs, has lately fetched 600 pounds at a sale. Hand of ♚Andrew Lang♚ The Antiquary’s story of Snuffy Davy and the “Game of Chess,” is dwarfed by the luck of M. Hand of ♚Andrew Lang♚ de Resbecq. Hand of ♚Andrew Lang♚ Not one amateur in a thousand can expect such good fortune. Hand of ♚Andrew Lang♚ There is, however, a recent instance of a Rugby boy, who picked up, on a stall, a few fluttering leaves hanging together on a flimsy thread. Hand of ♚Andrew Lang♚ The old woman who kept the stall could hardly be induced to accept the large sum of a shilling for an original quarto of Shakespeare’s “King John.” These stories are told that none may despair. Hand of ♚Andrew Lang♚ That none may be over confident, an author may recount his own experience. Hand of ♚Andrew Lang♚ The only odd trouvaille that ever fell to me was a clean copy of “La Journee Chretienne,” with the name of Leon Gambetta, 1844, on its catholic fly-leaf. Hand of ♚Andrew Lang♚ Rare books grow rarer every day, and often ’tis only Hope that remains at the bottom of the fourpenny boxes. Hand of ♚Andrew Lang♚ Yet the Paris book-hunters cleave to the game.
- Author≣Andrew Lang_Books
- Publisher≣Library of Alexandria
- ISBN 10≣1465600957
- ISBN 13≣9781465600950