Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Percy Anecdotes

Two volumes in one,
under the pseudonyms of Reuben and Shelto Percy,
Brothers of the Benedictine Monastery,
Mont Benger

New York : Richard Scott

(Book measures approximately 3½ x 5¾ inches)


Jonathan Chant said...

Love that worn leather cover William. The hands that must have held that book.

William Michaelian said...

A long journey, and still traveling after so many years. One thing I love, Jonathan, is that covers like this benefit from handling, the oils in one’s hands helping to keep them supple.

Monique @ Magpie Hollow said...

Great book and wonderfully illustrated !! Very old and beautiful.

William Michaelian said...

Thank you, Monique! I’m glad you could stop by and see it.

Ed Baker said...

all these great finds.... local to you? or do you have to
hitch-up that Old Mule and truck on over tots the next

best way to apply shoe polish or Neat's Foot oil to leather boots
or that mule' saddle

is to rub the oil or the wax into your palms and have a go....
maybe add a little spit to all of the oils... then polish....

sort of spit-n-polish and avoid the leather's drying out.

after all the leather around that book or what is those boots once encased a living animal..

to get the "best" leather sometimes they even skin the beasts when thy are yet alive... barely.

I appreciate the paper and the prints and the writing/fonts inside these old books more than the covers...

William Michaelian said...

Powell’s Books in Portland is a favorite hangout, but I get up there only three or four times a year. I still find books in Salem, but due to my rabid gleanings the pickin’s now are slim — but surprises do turn up. eBay is another source, which pulls from all over the country. There are some knowledgeable people out there and I learn something new every time I cruise through. Some amazing bargains, too.

I remember when shoe stores used to smell like leather — intoxicating. Now it’s pre-fab chemical. But there’s no end to that story.

As for these books’ innards, I’m with you.