Tag Archives: Czechoslovakia

Mystery of the Big Book

Over the years, the photograph above has appeared on numerous blogs and websites, usually captioned as “man with large book at Prague Castle, 1940s” or “c. 1940s: Man with books.” However, bibliophiles and antiquarians have long questioned the image’s description … Continue reading

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I will go out again and listen to the dark voices

I was familiar with the Czech writer Karel Čapek who coined of the term ‘robot’, but was surprised to stumble upon this very short story about cats that he wrote in the 1930s.

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Bookseller’s Lament

As a bookseller and collector, I occasionally lament the sale of a book. Sometimes it’s because I undervalued a title, but more often it’s nostalgia for the missing volume from my shelves. The other day I stumbled on a reference … Continue reading

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In April

In April Rainer Maria Rilke Again the woods are odorous, the lark Lifts on upsoaring wings the heaven gray That hung above the tree-tops, veiled and dark, Where branches bare disclosed the empty day. After long rainy afternoons an hour … Continue reading

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Listen to the dark voices

Karel Capek  

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A Portrait of the City (a little delayed)

Regular visitors to TBTP know that I’m inordinately fond of  old travel guidebooks, whimsical book illustrations and tales of eastern European intrigue. Of course I couldn’t pass-up a crazy story that I ran across the other day that has all … Continue reading

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