Ex Libris

A book sale is being held this week in honor of a senior colleague, Judy Brown, who is departed, as they say, no longer with us. Proceeds from the sale come from her personal collection and will raise funds for a scholarship in her name.

The books are in excellent condition: most of the hardbacks still have their jackets and the paperbacks were obviously well cared for. Some may have gone unread. One volume, however, The Dictionary of Imaginary Places, has a cracked spine and crumpled cover, like a standard reference tome. Hefty as it is, the volume looks as though it has traveled. And why is there more than one copy of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities?

Map of Switzerland, 1814

Switzerland in 1814, year Mary Shelley abandoned family and friends for a first visit to the country. Of this trip she would later say, “I was acting in a novel, being an incarnate romance.”

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