I was going to post this Monday in the spirit of the meme, but I had a really, really, REALLY bad day at work. But, I'm not going to focus on the negative. Thanks to a tag by Kira, I have been challenged to determine which 10 books or sets of books I would most wish to find under my Christmas tree (or insert your own winter solstice holiday object). Get creative - whether it's a signed first edition or a illuminated manuscript, anything goes!
1. Funny the meme mentions hand-illuminated. I talked about the Roycrofters in another meme, and sometime I'll have to do a history post on them. Suffice it to say now that the Roycrofters were an example of the Arts & Crafts movement during the early 1900's--a rejection of industrialization and a return to hand-crafted, simple, beautiful objects. Mission-style furniture and Tiffany lamps hail from this period. But, I digress. I couldn't find an example to post, but my first choice would be a hand made, tooled leather, illuminated book produced by the Roycrofters.
2. Keeping with the Arts & Crafts theme, a copy of The Canterberry Tales published by the Kelmscott Press and William Morris, the founder of the Arts & Crafts Movement.
3. Are you getting the sense I'm a collector type? Hmmm. It's not the value of these things which intrigues me. It's the rarity and the impact they have. So add A Message to Garcia as originally published in the Philistine magazine (again, the Roycrofters). This essay (which I'm sure you never heard of) happens to be one of the most published works of all time.
4. A first edition of Moby Dick.
5. A first edition of A Christmas Carol.
6. My wife told me about a young adult book she loved as a teenager. If you wished really hard and did certain things, a witches spell book would appear in a tree outside your window in the morning. I'd like to wake up and find it there (move this request to Halloween so as not to offend anyone).
7. A copy of the 90 or so pages of a novel I started (The Forsaken) when I was 15. I lost track of those pages years ago. They would be fun to read now.
8. A copy of my work in progress (see my updated profile), which I will furiously finish and revise in time for Christmas. Not.
9. An example of a medieval work done by a scribe on vellum and preferrably written in Latin (I'm getting out of practice).
10. A history of the area pictured in my previous post (the confluence of the East and West Branches of the Delaware River, called Chehocton, the wedding of the waters, by the Leni Lenape.
I'm too exhausted to tag anyone else! If you'd like, give it a go!