Are you tired of reading ancient journals in your e-book? or of buying books coldly via Amazon?
Do you like to feel the hardcover of a really old book in your hands?
Then you have to walk and walk again, enter in the old book shops and wander into them and ask for the travel section. Sometimes you can be surprised, and suddenly find yourself holding a very old book in your hands. In this moment you can feel several different sensations.
I´ve found this evening the second volume of the original first edition of "Farthest North". its back cover was very spoiled, but it increased my feeling that I had in my hands an old book with a long and secret life. I´ve could admire its wonderful cover and the golden edges in its pages. I´ve enjoyed that moment.
I´ve also felt a strange and ancient sensation as if I were holding "The neverending story". As if I could open that book and then, being tele-transported directly to the arctic ice...
|Photo of "Farthest North" From "Beautiful books" http://www.bibliopedant.com/|
A beautiful web site to take a walk, indeed.
In the "rare book shops" the cost per volume can vary from 200 $ to 50 $, so I have to think a little about it. I don´t think that there will be a long row of people asking for the book tomorrow in the shop .
The book in fact is magnific, if you want to read it and to watch the sketches you can do it for free here.
The re-edition is available in amazon much cheaper, but...what about having the feeling of holding a book which was made two years after Nansen came back?.
I´ve found a site where you can found a lot of this rare books, and even if you don´t want to buy any of them, at least you can take a look to see how this books looks like when they where originally published.
The site is this: http://chetrossrarebooks.com/catalog/arctic/