Monday, July 11, 2011

Acquisitons | Wodehouse, on "The Continent"

Yesterday, I found these two P.G. Wodehouse paperbacks at the used book table adjacent to Washington Square Park (the renovation of which is absolutely beautiful and will shock anyone who walked through it 10 years - or even 10 months ago). Ironically, the design of these German paperbacks was in some way meant to cut down on the tendency to judge books by their covers, but I bought them mainly because I loved their covers (and I do actually love Wodehouse. Who wouldn't!?). They were published by Tauchnitz, the Leipzig-based printing house that dates back to the late 18th century for English speakers on the European continent. The best part: they explicitly say, "Not to be introduced into the British Empire or U.S.A."



4 comments:

Tynan, Angelica said...

First the Gray portrait & now this. I reek of envy.

Wodehouse is always good for a nose-snorting laugh!

Cheers,

Edward said...

Old Wodehouse is good Wodehouse! Although those new Everyman editions with the art-deco covers are pretty cool.

Out of curiosity, have you heard of the latest offering of the Morgan Motor Co? It's a reinvention of their original 3 Wheeler, and looks amazing: http://www.unfinishedman.com/all-new-2011-morgan-3-wheeler/.

Michael Robinson said...

You may enjoy this site devoted to just to Tauchniz Editions http://www.tauchnitzeditions.com/ (The Todd-Bowen Collection ended up at the British Library http://www.bl.uk/reshelp/findhelprestype/prbooks/tauchnitz/index.html )

You can always find more using the advanced 'keyword' search on abe. To me the paper they are printed on just feels so good in the hand and the type is well leaded and easy to read.

Anzu said...

I LOVE PG Wodehouse. Which ones are your favourites? I love the whole Blanding Castle series, especially Something Fresh.