Pristine condition, or better

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Always a little sad when I find a book on our shelves with unopened pages (I used to say uncut before I learned the correct terminology) as I imagine some scholar somewhere toiling away at the production of words (not to mention the publisher and printer) all for naught. This is a 1921 book of essays by Arnold Bennett called Things that have Interested Me. Mr. Bennett notes “In 1906 and 1907 I printed privately and issued to friends two small volumes of unpublished matter entitled respectively Things that Interested Me and Things which have Interested Me. Neither of them contains anything which is included in this work.” So that’s all right.

I happened to like this line from a WWI note about “Women at War-Work” talking about …the establishment where the art of giving officers on leave a good time is practiced in its highest and costliest perfection. And yet no-one has taken the book out in fifty years or more, possibly ever… and if anyone did take it out back in the dim recesses of the past, they didn’t read much of it.

Tolerabimus quod tolerare debemus,

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