Communion Of Dreams

Forgotten Bookmarks.
July 26, 2009, 8:37 am
Filed under: Art, Book Conservation, General Musings, MetaFilter

Via MeFi, a link to the site of a used/rare book seller who posts “forgotten bookmarks” s/he has found. Surprisingly compelling stuff. From the site description:

I work at a used and rare bookstore, and I buy books from people everyday. These are the personal, funny, heartbreaking and weird things I find in those books.

Indeed. I have run into a lot of the same sorts of things over the years, though in my case I always transfer the items to an envelope and return them to the client when they come to pick up their book. Oftentimes it is stuff which the client has never seen before, because they have been unwilling to risk damaging a fragile book prior to my work on it. When they do see the items, it invariably brings about deep emotional response for the ones they recognize, oftentimes accompanied with short stories or explanations.

Just thought I would pass that along.

Jim Downey

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