[DWJ] Dilemma (and seasonal remarks)

Jenny Schwartzberg schwartzbergj at newberry.org
Fri Dec 25 18:31:20 EST 2009


 Check Copac to see who has it and give it to a rare book library that doesn't have it.  I'd love it for my library, the Newberry Library, but it should probably stay in the UK.

Yours,
Jenny Schwartzberg

> -----Original Message----- 
> From: Minnow <minnow at belfry.org.uk> 
> To: Diana Wynne Jones discussion <dwj at suberic.net> 
> Date: 12/24/09 11:15 
> Subject: [DWJ] Dilemma (and seasonal remarks) 
> 
> I have a minor problem.  I am sorting through the old children's books 
> to try to eliminate the ones I am really never going to read again and 
> the duplicates (and such sorrows as the bowdlerised Bevis, but thank 
> goodness I also have a copy that hasn't been abridged) and discover that 
> as well as my mother's copy of Mrs Molesworth's *The Carved Lions* (the 
> one Gillian Avery edited, and as far as I can make out with the full 
> text) I also have my grandmother's, which is a first edition and in good 
> condition.  It has clearly been read since it was bought in 1895, but by 
> careful children, and has no real damage to it.
> 
> I don't know what to do with it.  It's not so valuable that I ought to 
> sell it -- fifty-five quid seems to be the most this book is being sold 
> for online, something that is being said to be first edition that is 
> dated 1905 -- but it clearly has value beyond the actual text for 
> *somebody*.  Where do I find out who wants such a thing in order to love 
> having it, nothing to do with money?
> 
> If anyone has any ideas about where it wants to be, please let me know!  
> I really don't need it, because I have the more recent one for reading, 
> and I don't think I am careful enough with books to warrant keeping old 
> ones just because they are old.
> 
> 
> Meanwhile, I hope everyone is having and will have a good whatever it is 
> that they choose to celebrate at the end of the calendar year, and that 
> next year is better than it could be for everyone who reads this.
> 
> 
> Cheers
> 
> Minnow
> 
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