My Old Books
I have a smaller collection of books than I once did. If one moves around frequently the transport of boxes of heavy books is a problem, so I gave many away. I kept plenty and ofcourse have bought some since. But I have some interesting ones.
Lu Xun Selected Poems
Now this book is not old, but its contents are. Lu Xun was a famous writer and poet from Shaoxing in China. He is certainly celebrated there with a large museum called Lu Xun’s Native Place, where his home and the family’s garden. He was born in 1881 and died in 1936.
One of the poems is here – they were written in Chinese (and then translated into English).
A Riposte to a Friend
Does a true hero have to be heartless?
Surely a real man may love his young son.
Even the roaring, wind-raising tiger
Turns back to look at his own tiny cubs.
Written in 1932
Sunny Cove Farm by Lucy Bean
This was written in 1952, and copies are for sale on antique book sites. It was presented to me in 1953, by the Warradale Methodist Sunday School, probably for good attendance. It is a long time since I have read it.
Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Another ageing book I have is Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which was first published in 1836. I have no memory of how I got my copy, and it looks as if it has been around for over 100 years. There is just no detail about that.
I notice too what there is no date at all within its pages. It was printed and bound in Great Britain by Jarrold and Sons Ltd, Norwich.
Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Anderson
Again there is no date regarding the printing of it but it looks quite battered and ancient. Apparently some of the stories were written around the 1830’s. You can read all about him and his stories here.
In the front of the book is written
from St Mary’s Sunday School Christmas 1923
Girls First Prize Class II
My mother was Joyce Ragless who passed away in 2014.