I sometimes come across books that are more ephemera than book. A recent acquisition fits this bill perfectly, looking for all intents and purposes like a book but, once inside, the text diarises a liner's itinerary for a 1950 cruise.
Where to start? Well, the port of Saigon, departure date November 26, 1950. From here, La Marseillaise sailed to Singapore to Colombo to Djibouti to Suez to Marseille and then dropped anchor for the final time at Monte-Cristo about 17 days later.
An interesting history of the ocean liner is here.
The book was presented to...
Listing books online can be a dangerous job. Not dangerous in a "I'm heading off to an underground mine where I work with explosives" kind of way; more in a "where did the time go today?" kind of way.
Just yesterday, I went down one of those book-listing rabbit warrens you read about all the time.*
I was leafing through a book looking for identifying marks, a publishing date, a publisher; the sorts of mundane tasks that are crucial parts of my job.
The book was the rather intriguing A Reader by Raymond...