I bought a book today. It was on a shelf outside a book-shop, no author, no price-tag, old and irresistible. When I came to the counter, I was asked for a pound–that’s it! Well, that wasn’t much to lose, so out of curiosity, I bought the book.
Turns out there are several interesting things about it, besides the 1862 print date. It’s a first edition of George Long’s now out-of-print An Old Man’s Thoughts about Many Things, and this particular copy was in the collection of one W.A.C. Macfarlane, a 19th century chaplain at St. John’s College in Oxford. The sticker on the inside cover marks all the books in his collection. His name is also in the inscription on one of the early pages. If anyone can decipher the rest of the note from the photographs below, let me know–I can’t make it out! Looking forward to reading the “thoughts” now (and not just marveling at the physical object).