1 March 2009

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"Follow the White Rabbit"

I stepped into the small and unobtrusive charity shop unnoticed by those walking past, their gaze seemed to skip decidedly from the store to its one side to that on its other. Removing my woven gloves and stowing them away in my coat pocket, I smiled and greeted the old lady behind the counter to my left. She looked up, surprised by the strength of my voice, which seemed to pierce the heavy and still air. She raised her cat eye spectacles to her face and smiled sadly in my direction.

I slowly walked towards the back of the shop where a small set of shelves housed a varied array of forgotten literature. They bore the signs of the sedentary turn of their life, with a thick layer of dust running uninterrupted across the top of each row. Browsing titles along the haphazardly arranged spines my mind envisaged the likes of the history of Victorian public transport, the adventures of Peter and Jane and a compendium of the flora of Eastern Brazil.

Along the second row my eye was caught by a faded red lettering, they read a name that I recognised. I knew I had to purchase it regardless of whether I already owned copies merely due to its beauty. Carefully pulling the book out, I noted the powder blue and cream hand painted cloth cover. As I knocked lightly with one knuckle on its front I noted that this cloth had been stretched over wood as opposed to card. I slowly turned the cover to reveal the interior hand painted patterning. Further turning the pages with great care I quickly noticed the irregular printed type, clearly signalling the use of an outdated press.

Accompanying the text I came across a series of hand printed and painted images, the plate prints of which I already owned in later editions. The excitement that coursed through my mind as I walked over to the counter was incredible. Even greater still than the new lease of life I had given this text, was the fact that I was able to do so for a mere £2.

Currently playing: Everywhere - Michelle Branch

xxxx

33 comments:

  1. oooh what a great find! i love alice in wonderland! although, when i was smaller i found the disney version rather frightening for some reason.

    you write so beautifully :)

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  2. What a great read and an amazing find.

    I liked this adventure.

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  3. Really loved how you described that woman with the cat-eyes. Cool.

    Love the pic too.

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  4. you have the most beautiful knack for story telling.

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  5. OMG, I collect editions of "Alice in Wonderland!" I have this rule where if I see it, I have to buy it. (If it's over $100, I am exempt from this condition unless it's a limited edition and/or I really love it.)

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  6. What a find! Take more photos of it!

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  7. I adore Alice in Wonderland! I think that is one of the books I could read over and over again. They had a huge book sale at my school, and amidst all of the books, I found a gorgeous edition of Alice in Wonderland and bought it for $6 :)

    The picture you took is absolutely beautiful, and I'm glad you shared this with us, my dear!

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  8. yay!! i love your writing, everything is wonderful in your words

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  9. Wow this is a great find! I also really love the entry below. It's such a nice surprise coming to your blog and seeing there are a few entries I have to catch up on :)

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  10. charity shops are the best, icant lie.

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  11. What a beautiful find :)
    In kindergarten, I wore an Alice in Wonderland dress that my mom had made for Halloween on the first day of school. She said I picked it out.

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  12. amazing write up, nice picture!!xx

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  13. Wow, sounds like you found yourself a nice little treasure!

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  14. I love Alice and always will. It remains my favorite pieces of childrens literature.

    I collect different versions and bindings of the book, I'm always looking for a copy I don't already own. It's amazing how many wonderful and unique copies are out there!

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  15. Thanks for sharing that great photo to us.
    You really have a good talent in story telling..=)
    Keep on writing friend..
    We are enjoying dropping by in your blog..
    Have a nice day..;D

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  16. I love your writing, you have an amazing way with words.

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  17. beautifully written honey! gorge find! you should write fairy tales!
    muah x
    Marian

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  18. Amazing find! Again, stunning shot.

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  19. Finding items like this is priceless. Some of my favorite items cost me pennies, I rarely go charity shopping as the prices are so expensive nowadays. I once saw a dress with the original price tag on and the people in the shop were charging more!
    x

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  20. sounds like you found a great find. I like this

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  21. Amazing find! I already told you this before but you are a great story teller!
    PS Did you get yourself a pair of red pants yet? have a nice week!

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  22. I love the price!

    PS
    Your mom has great advice.

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  23. Aaha do you? From H&M? I embarrass myself daily with my collection of men's clothes, I once went out with a group of friends and turned up wearing the same checky shirt as one of the boys who came... oh God, in all the photos we looked like we were in fancy dress or something. We had to just embrace it and tell people we did it on purpose haaha.

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  24. Ahhhhh.

    I loved this post.

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  25. well both parties walk away happy innit :o)

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  26. Sorry to leave an almost empty comment, but i just letting you know i changed the blog's url to http://beautystandard.blogspot.com/

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  27. what an amazing find. so pretty ♥

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  28. beautiful, the story and the illustration.

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  29. Oh my, what a wonderful find! I do love charity shops. Thank you for the comment, the cakes were so very very very yummy, I had so much that weekend! x

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  30. This can't have effect in actual fact, that's exactly what I believe.

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