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Your books and you

So... Here we are, almost all of us confined in our homes because of this bloody virus...

For us bibliophiles the (numerous) hours that we now have to spend with our partner, our family or our loneliness, is also the occasion to get closer to the friends that follow us silently from the shelves of our libraries: the books of our collection!

Aiming at a dialogue between bibliophiles we have opened this new section of our blog: "Love (of books) in times of COVID-19".

Today is the turn of your collection to speak, just by answering 6 very simple questions.

Your participation is essential and much appreciated. Without it, such a project is meaningless!

- What subject?

- How many titles?

- The oldest?

- The newest?

- When was this collection started ?

- When was the latest addition to this collection?

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Love (of books) in times of COVID-19
posted by  Julien at  20:05 | comments [10]


posted by   SHELLEY (M.) 25 Mar 2020 at 13:08
Dear fellow book-lovers,
Yes ! Let's get together ! It's hard for all of us. Let's make the best out of this situation. When this is said, my heart is with those who suffer from this illness or has friends or family being ill right now.
Lack of freedom but more time. Lucky us who have our love for books. There are millions of them ! In my shelfs I have my little collection of poetry from the 16/17th century. Mostly french and italian. They take me travelling with them every time I open one of them and I want more ! I started collecting only 5 years ago but I'm afraid there are now signes that I'm addicted.. I have 65 books in my library and and I want it to be filled up in the next couple of years. I look so much foreward to read about other book-lovers babies, thoughts and passions. Thank you !

posted by   MORRIS (W.) 25 Mar 2020 at 13:37
Hard times yes. But we get what what we deserve... Collecting rare books about political ideas. Mainly german and deutch. Quite many items because I have done this for a long time. I'm not much into blogs, but would appreciate if this one can get me in touch with other collectors on the same subject. Thanks.

posted by   MORRIS (W.) 25 Mar 2020 at 22:30
Nobody here?

posted by   CAMUS (A.) 25 Mar 2020 at 23:02
This is fun choosing the pseudonym.... I picked Camus before I realized how appropriate it is. I guess it is no coincidence that I've been re-reading La Peste. For my personal collection, I collect what I tell everyone to collect, i.e. what you love, no matter the subject!

posted by   JULIEN 25 Mar 2020 at 23:07
Camus was an excellent choice indeed!! Thank you for your input, I totally agree that what you love should be the core subject of your collection. Stay well and keep tuned!

posted by   KIRCHER (A.) 25 Mar 2020 at 23:18

- What subject? Er, Um ...Preception\Love/ Philosophy (memory)/Chance..

- How many titles? It changes every Day!

- The oldest? 1250

- The newest? 2020

- When was this collection started ? 1973

- When was the latest addition to this collection? 3-5-2020

Now the particulars, Two books recently added
: Boethius de consolation philosophy 1663.. ( I have lots of editions. )
: Abelarde Sic et non 1760 (in English)
Ok one more
Lucretius: De nrerum Natura 1515 (Aldus)

This is fun, I expect about three more books this and they will show in MY Blog.... but finding that might be hard.


posted by   KIRCHER (A.) 26 Mar 2020 at 00:18
The past is ever-present!

posted by   FOURCROY (A. F. de) 26 Mar 2020 at 07:03
What subject? I collect early chemistry (less so alchemy which I find too confusing to understand)

- How many titles? about 1100

- The oldest? 1491 Albertus Magnus De Mineralibus

- The newest? a few things mid 19th century, but most before 1800

- When was this collection started ? As a schoolboy, about 33 years ago!

- When was the latest addition to this collection? ask me tomorrow.

I have a very large collection of Lavoisier, including almost every contemporary edition of his fabulous Traité élémentaire de chime. Sadly I missed a copy of the first issue which came up a few years ago :-(
I didn't choose Lavoisier for my pseudonym feeling not worthy enough. I hope Fourcroy wouldn't mind. I am also a big fan of that great chemist and have 43 (just counted) copies of his works in various editions / languages.

posted by   COPERNIC (N.) 26 Mar 2020 at 11:12
What a name... did you know that Copernicus was just a part time mathematician and astrologist... his main occupation was to run part of a diocese for his uncle, who was a bishop. As such he was confronted with all kinds of worldly matters, including economic issues.

He contributed one of the earliest tracts on monetary matters «Monete cudendae ratio» in 1526 (I hope Julien will find me a copy one day). This starts with these famous remarks:

"Numerous are the disasters which normally lead to the decay of kingdoms, principalities, and republics, the four following are in my opinion the most to be feared: war, disease, famine and inflation.”

Disease we have, inflation we will get... let's hope it stops at that...

By now you can guess, what my collection is about: History of Economic Thought. With some restrictions: First editions, contemporary bindings and only until 1800.

The collection is not big, but nice... ;-) ... 300 copies... starting in 1430 with a manuscript by Henry Totting of Oyta on life-rents... stopping in 1804 with the first print of Cesare Beccaria's Elementi... started just 8 years ago... latest addition: Oresme, Nicolas (1484) De Moneta, second edition, first in Latin. Cologne: Koellhoff the Elder.

posted by   JULIEN 26 Mar 2020 at 11:39
Great posts! And incredible collections, my friends. I am so grateful for your contributions. Please keep us posted and keep on posting! I will add more content in the following days...