This inquiring mind wants to know:
Who else writes counter arguments and questions (for later research) in the margins of non-fiction books?
Who else Writes page # of often referred to passages (both fiction and non-fiction) on flyleaves so one can find them quickly when needed?
What's the ratio of new to used books in your library? Mine is almost entirely used books, a habit instilled by my Dad. A favorite childhood past-time was going to second hand bookstores in Tampa (our little town was about 25 miles south of there) with him. i developed a particular affection for the old embossed covers. Library book sales, garage sales with tables or boxes full of books call to us. In any University town the estate sales when a professor passes can be like a treasure hunt for book lovers.
Which leads me to this question:
What is the strangest or most thought-provoking thing you ever found in a used book? Either written in the 'blank spaces, even an inscription might set one wondering about gift giver and receiver, or tucked between the pages. Most likely the previous owner used whatever, photo/bill/letter/receipt/business card, as a bookmark...it always sets me wondering why they never got back to the book. And why when selling books they don't go through them and check.
i've found all those things i listed, but perhaps the most thought provoking was a letter explaining to someone (i think the writers children) why he and his wife were in this motel for him to take his life. (terminal illness involved, in days before death with dignity movement). It was on motel stationary, honest, simple, and a b it heartwrenching.
How about you fellow book collectors, what is the most provocative thing you've ever found in a used book?
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