Some vagrants set fire to our last second-hand bookshop in the town (just as the lock-down started) – revered by authors, collectors, actors, artists etc whenever they visited our South coast …
|Postcard I hadn't realised was for sale|
It was packed to the gunwales with books, books and more books … here I noted today, that they are clearing out, sorting out the remnants – in due course I’ll find out how much they’ve had to do …
|The doors had been taken off -|
and clearing up was going on:
I'm quite glad to see that ...
I went down to grab a picture of the outside of the shop, when I realised they were working … but – as is the way - unfortunately a car pulled up, and it is next to a doctor’s surgery – so this is the not very good result!
(Also they'd removed the books and shelves that normally sit outside the shop, also the awnings; but the books can be seen in the
|Interior of the British Library foyer -|
with the King's Library in the background
Books of an older nature have recently been featured in the British Library’s Medieval Manuscripts blog … the notes below are courtesy of their blog post (see link at end) ...
Books carved in stone – all of 5,600 years ago …a hymn to Osiris …
Books inked on pottery - appeared about 2,300 years ago … a Greek receipt acknowledging the payment of a fishing tax …
|Papyrus - an early document|
Books written on scrolls – papyrus allowed prolific writers to express their thoughts, or set out their stories in rolls that could reach 30 metres in length. Papyrus came from the reed marshes of Egypt.
Booklets of tablets – wooden tablets covered in beeswax … recorded day to day records not worthy enough to be put onto the expensive papyrus, but necessary in the day to day living 2,000 years ago.
|Showing tablet on a decorated vase|
These tablets were the precursor of erasers, correction tape – and were reusable … back then: especially popular in schools!
A composite: booklets of papyri … probably coming into being with the arrival of Christianity … about 1,800 years ago.
Parchment – came from Pergamon, Turkey … called by the librarians, who had started to use animal skin to copy their books: as Egypt had embargoed the export of papyrus 2,000 years ago.
Finally … comes the arrival of the book, which we know today, but started life probably as ‘a codex’ (an ancient manuscript text) dating back 1,700 years.
|From the Codex Sinaiticus|
Codex Sinaiticus probably had 730 parchment leaves, carefully prepared from 365 sheep – and bound between two wooden covers.
This article by the British Library makes for a fascinating read into the history of a book … and links to other articles on manuscripts, a history of writing and many more …
We may be released (a little) soon – but I can see we’ll still have plenty of reading time; however I’ll be posting on various things I haven’t written up, referring back to previous posts, and drafting up odds and ends under ‘my bran tub’ theme … i.e. whatever comes to mind and thus to the ‘blog page’.
|Book bag - love the colour|
I do have a lot to tell you about … as the restrictions suit me for a while longer – then release me!!
Let’s hope we have no more fires in the town, vagrancy or unnecessary vandalism … but your columnist from Eastbourne will be around to guide you through her eclectic, eccentric world of thought. Take care and stay safe …
Camilla's bookshop - a good read, some videos ... generally interesting ... Archie their Amazonian parrot survived the fire ...
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