Tuesday, 12 April 2011

A Book from Horncastle

The Open Door by Alec Buckels

While we were in Horncastle recently, we spent a few happy hours looking in some of the second hand bookshops there. Chris found a book called 'Number One Joy Street - a medley of Prose and Verse for Boys and Girls' for £2.00 which he bought immediately. It includes work by Walter de la Mare, Eleanor Farjeon, Hilaire Belloc and Edith Sitwell and was published by Blackwell, Oxford in 1923. We both liked some of the colour plates and the black and white drawn illustrations in the text.

Puck's Magic by C T Nightingale

It was the illustration above that really grabbed Chris' interest and persuaded him to buy the book. I have investigated on amazon and the book is available but the cheapest copy is £18.00. So, sometimes, it pays to search in little secondhand book shops - you never know what you might find.

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