Thursday, April 16, 2020

Stay-at-home shelfie #19

It's the "A Book of..." shelf of Ruth Manning-Sanders volumes. These are the folk- and fairy-tale books that most readers associate with the author, as they grew up with these volumes in the 1970s or 1980s. I started my collection around 2001 with A Book of Wizards. That was the book that jogged my memories from my childhood and launched me into a quest to collect them all. It took a long time, and eventually expanded — as you can see — into collecting her other titles, fiction and nonfiction. Here's generally the same shelf, about nine years ago.

There are two copies of A Book of Giants because one was accompanied by an original line drawing by Robin Jacques, which is now framed and on my wall. And there are two copies of A Choice of Magic (and a couple other volumes) because it's always good to have to spares on hand to give away — helping perhaps to ignite a love of Manning-Sanders in a new generation. (See the bottom of this 2015 post for one of my happiest gift-giving moments.)

Also on this shelf: Works of art I made in, from left, third grade and either fifth or sixth grade. (Probably fifth. In sixth grade I made a godawful ugly metal lamp that I kept for far too many years.)

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