May 1, 2012
The Library Under the Bed
(And other books)
I found this a couple of days ago - not under my parents' bed, but in a box of their books. I'd never seen a copy of Quotations from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung before,
although I knew that my mother particularly, had certain leanings.
I was surrounded by books as a child and feel like some of them I have absorbed through my skin.
Unlike Chairman Mao's Red Book,
I knew about my father's Antarctic book collection, though it was stored in some private child-proof place. I only discovered today that J.M.Barrie wrote the introduction for Scott's Last Expedition.
Stored with those Polar adventures was this handful of books.
They sit by my bedside now embracing the development of the Renaissance man from Bacon to Darwin.
But these are the reminders of home comforts, books that were always within reach on the family bookshelves.
May Day, appropriately is also the birthday of NZ artist, printer and Morris dancer, Leo Bensemann. There is a fine example of his bookcraft at