Saturday, August 1, 2009

10 Books A Day: #100

All volumes are published by Wordsworth.
Tales Of Old Japan...A. B. Mitford
Northern Mythology...Benjamin Thorpe
The Phantom World...Augustin Calmet
The Book Of Christmas...Thomas K. Hervey
The Mythology Of The British Isles...Charles Squire
British Dragons...Jacqueline Simpson
The Wordsworth Dictionary Of Phrase And Fable...Ebenezer Cobham Brewer, rev. Ivor H. Evans
The Wordsworth Dictionary Of The Occult...Andre Nataf
Culpeper's Complete Herbal...Nicholas Culpeper
The Wordsworth Dictionary Of The Underworld...Eric Partridge
On the whole, I prefer old books of legend and lore. New ones tend to be too analytical, or interpretations from politically correct or "pagan" points of view. I like the Wordsworth, or the Senate, or the Dover reprints; the stories seem somehow thicker, richer, more authentic, which is odd because their recounting is often simpler. Probably the newest book here is British Dragons, from 1980. The Wordsworth Dictionary of the Underworld is a book on the terms of the criminal underworld, not Hell; one of the most interesting things I read (it was a specific 'drop', but I can't remember the exact phrase) was selling a fake piece of jewelry while pretending you're trying to get rid of it fast as stolen. The deviousness of this scam is fascinating.
Book Count: 1150.

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