marți, 26 noiembrie 2013

strangely repetitive...

I just realized that I am very constant in some things, if not on a regular basis, at least on a timeline basis. This might sound strange, but in fact it really is very simple. what's the season? I am searching for Christmas gifts, just like last year, just like the year before... And who am I thinking of first? of course ME! In this respect, without even looking for what I craved last year, I've been searching for this book, and see if I can gather all my Christmas gift from my boyfriend, which I want to be what I can spare for myself; so that I can gift myself with this wonderful piece:

but the price got my head spinning; so not this one, or at least not until I strike gold somewhere...and just as I wanted to write here I knew already that I've been speaking about this book for some time now...but had no idea it was exactly one year ago!! how about that??? So I must repeat myself...strangely repetitive!
I find manuscripts in general fascinating, and if they are illuminated ones, the much more extraordinary! As mentioned some long long time ago, I already have Les Tres Riches Heures du Jean, Duc de Berry

which I utterly love, and any book explaining and depicting old manuscript has a huge vote from me, I really wish for the "twin brother" of the latter, but it looks harder to find, Les Tres belles Heures du Jean, Duc de Berry
So I will probably have to content myself with something less expensive and more down to earth, as I think all these to be beautifully intangible for now.
My options would be something between:

or maybe:

or even this one, looking more like for kids, but beautiful contemporary drawings, if well made, can really bewitch me as well:
I'm thinking now that I surely am not the only one obsessed about these books, which are in fact a small compensation for not being able to see the original manuscriptae, which would surely make me cry ....if there is such a wide offer to choose from...all you need is money, and can have your very own library:

If you are wondering what a Haggadah is, then you are just as ignorant as I am, but because I'm a good gal' I'm not going to let you struggle and find what the meaning of the word is, but here is the Wikipedia definition:

The Haggadah (Hebrew: הַגָּדָה‎, "telling", plural: Haggadot) is a Jewish text that sets forth the order of the Passover Seder. Reading the Haggadah at the Seder table is a fulfillment of the Scriptural commandment to each Jew to "tell your son" of the Jewish liberation from slavery in Egypt as described in the Book of Exodus in the Torah. ("And thou shalt tell thy son in that day, saying: It is because of that which the LORD did for me when I came forth out of Egypt. " Ex.  13:8)

link to the above material
 And last, but not least, there is yet another book on medieval beasts:
I saved this for last, as I found an online source where all the book can be read, and I have to say I feel a tingling on my back each time a find such a good book to read online or to download.  Don't we all?

 And of course that, if I am obsessed with medieval bestiaries, and I am also obsessed with Tolkien's world, this book is very very very high on my wishlist:

They are all so beautiful, old or new beasts inside, old or used books; and there are so many more that my list would be extremely long, but as I don't have the resources to buy them all at once, I will have to keep them here, and buy them in time, making this post like a "must have" list, just as I have such a folder in my bookmarks menu (a really really long list btw!).
This love of books disease is not an easy to live with condition, but I am handling it pretty well, I must say... my last acquisition was for my birthday, a book I am currently reading and find it extremly interesting. It is so fascinating that in order to not underline every other idea I love I decided to put thin post-its that peek out on one side, and it's already looking like a hedgehog.... and as the reviews say, it really is a book you would like everyone has read so that you can discuss it while you' re reading it:


Have fun and a great shopping/reading session, or at least fill your eyes with these beauties! I know I have!