Christmas Carol day

1843 – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
published, 6,000 copies sold :

    I have endeavoured in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humour with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me. May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.

    Their faithful Friend and Servant,
    C. D.
    December, 1843.

naughty naughty • someone stole a rare copy of The Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum from display at Prospero’s Books, Manassas, VA “Indianapolis The Bowen-Merrill Company 1902 -End papers have been replaced. Board have original pictorial cover with some nearly unnoticable repairs. Binding is now tight and clean. There are a few old tape marks thoughout the book. Some of the illustrations show tape residue on the inner edge. “ If you see this listed anywhere, don’t buy it – report it to Prospero and make damn sure the stealer gets a stocking full of coal.

and still the naughtiness ensues • The circle of high end book thefts has extended to a couple apprehended in Toronto. Shall we start a pool to see how lightly they get off? My money’s on probation.

something to see • PBS has got a documentary about author John Fante on the schedule.

super shopping • A rare copy of Danish philosopher Sören Kierkegaard’s Either/Or was auctioned off Tuesday for 170,000 kroner (euro22,800; US$30,200) to a European book collector.

obit of note • Martin Nodell, 91; Illustrator created the Green Lantern and Pillsbury Doughboy

worth hearing • from NPR’s On Point, still another piece on best books of 06 – HOWEVER seeing as how this is a call in show, you don’t get the same list of the same suspects, a few oddities actually popped up – I know I got some ideas. BTW the 1st hour of the show was all about the incoming flood of superspam.

amadeus for free• Mozart maniacs, enthusiasts, students and scholars can now access the immortal composer’s entire catalog through a free online database with some 24,000 pages.

blog of note • about five and half bookbinders blog has a nifty post about book cover designers.

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