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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The forgotten Dickens collection...


We were doing a bit of a tidy-up in our shed just before Christmas. Hubby came across a large box and said, "You don't want to keep these old encyclopedias do you?", box poised over the trailer. Luckily I took a look and my eyes boggled! Fifteen books by Charles Dickens containing 32 of his 63 stories and three volumes of Tolstoy's "War and Peace"; all un-opened and only one slightly nibbled by a mouse.


Not the complete works, as at first thought but nevertheless, a little treasure trove.

13 comments:

steven said...

i really admire dicken's writing a lot. he's one of the few authors i had to read in high school english lit who wasn't destroyed for me!! lucky you to find such a treasure trove! happy christmas! steven

alaine@éclectique said...

Steven...I'm looking forward to getting into them; I remember reading some stories when a girl but not since.

BTW, my sidebar says your next post is "an icy grace" but the page can't be found when I click on it...I'll keep trying!

Christmas was lovely; enjoy your holidays!

Gwen Buchanan said...

and who said there was no Santa?

maggie's garden said...

Treasures! You've been given a gift. They look lovely with the feather and clock. Hope you're enjoying lovely weather. It's nice for me to see the green from your window.

alaine@éclectique said...

Gwen...that's what I thought! What a lovely gift!

alaine@éclectique said...

MG...Karen, yes, a great gift. And what is coincidental is that we were discussing your books just prior to me finding them and one of them was the Edwin Drood story, coupled with American Notes! I went to look up Drood after that and learnt that Dickens had been working all day on that story when he suffered another major stroke and died, leaving the story unfinished.

It is still green here but it is getting hotter and soon everything will be golden.

That little clock belonged to M's Mum and the little damaged bit on the front was caused by Shrapnel in WW2 in Plymouth. It still goes and keeps quite good time!

Steven Cain said...

A mouse with taste!

I always check through old boxes full of unknowns... especially my own!

What a find!

Best wishes for the New Year.

Mason Canyon said...

What a wonderful find. I love surprises like that. Hope you have a joyous and Happy New Year. Maybe you'll find the rest of the books in another box soon. :)

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Teri said...

Alaine--I love your header! How great! And how special to find those books in the box. Lucky it didn't get tossed first. What a great story about the clock.

Maureen Walsh said...

What a find! You must be thrilled, I know I would be. Well you will be kept extremely busy reading through 2011, which I hope will be a very Happy and Peaceful New Year.
Maureen
http://wwworphanstones.blogspot.com

Paul C said...

Oh, my, what a collection. These are classics squared!

Betsy said...

How very cool! Aren't you glad you took a second look? :)

Lyn said...

Every Jan.1, I clean out some books..yours look so much more elegant than mine..maybe I'll just rearrange..and read!!
Best for the New Year...