I scored big tonight! While browsing through a used bookstore with my sweetie, I ran into four books of noteworthy.
Of course, you know, I had to grab them.
I try not to go into book stores that often for two good reasons. Reason number one is that I tend to have impulse buy urges which I cannot control, and reason number two is that the books that I tend to have these urges with are usually old, orphaned, out-of-print, or hard to get books that cost far more than they would if they were brand new reprints.
Today, I managed to walk out with four classics that I had been wanting to add to my collection for quite some time. These are the books I managed to snag:
The Wisdom of Laotse: Lin Yutang, 1948. Change: Hellmut Wilhelm, 1960. The Secret of the Golden Flower: Richard Wilhelm, 1931. The Way of Lao Tzu: Wing-Tsit Chan, 1963
Don’t let the pretty covers fool you. I doctored them up in Photoshop a bit so they would look prettier. They are actually quite old and literally falling to pieces. The pages inside a couple of the older books are brittle and fall to dust in my hands if I handle them too vigorously, the edges yellowed and musty smelling.
While I was there, I bought two small boxes of sandalwood incense sticks so now my office smells of incense and moldy old books. That’s not necessarily a bad thing since it keeps my dogs out of my office (they can’t handle the strong smell of incense) so I don’t have to add doggy scent to musty books smell as well.
This is just a description of the look and feel (and smell) of the books. I can’t say much about the literary aspects of the books yet because I haven’t had a chance to dig through them, but given a bit of time, I’m sure I will find them to be quite useful.
Looks like I got some New Year’s Day gifts after all. 🙂
The Way of Lao Tzu. Chan, Wing-Tsit. 1963.
The Wisdom of Laotse. Yutang, Lin. 1948.
The Secret of the Golden Flower. Wilhelm, Richard. 1931.
Change. Wilhelm, Hellmut. 1960.
2 thoughts on “Another Fruitful Day at the Bookstore”
Wing-Tsit Chan was always one of my faves. I always bought the “Sourcebook of Chinese
Philosophy” after I loaned it to someone who would never return it.
Thanks for recommending that book to me. I will look for it in my next sojourn at a bookstore.