“Welcome to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, Daniel.”
“When a library disappears, or a bookshop closes down, when a book is consigned to oblivion, those of us who know this place, its guardians, make sure that it gets here. In this place, books no longer remembered by anyone, books that are lost in time, live forever, waiting for the day when they will reach a new reader’s hands. In the shop we buy and sell them, but in truth books have no owner.”
from The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafon
I found one of those cemeteries today, at 31 Market Street in the county of Fife in St. Andrews, Scotland. From all the colorful and previously loved books in the Bouquiniste, I chose Stories from Shakespeare, told to the children by Jeanie Lang.
In the opening pages, Ms. Lang wrote: “Some day, when you are older, you will read the real Shakespeare for yourselves. You will know then why people call him the greatest writer that ever lived. And then you will say: ‘The little book that I read long ago was only like a faint little pencil outline, and this is the greatest picture in all the world.'”
Stories from Shakespeare was published by Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd, of London and Edinburgh, with pictures by N. M. Price and Others. There’s no publication date, but it was given to Janis Murray for regular attendance at the Abbeyhill Methodist Sunday School for the 1947-48 Session.
Tonight, March 12, 2009, this little book reaches new hands.