This lovely well worn book was found while browsing in a second hand book shop at the weekend. Knowing of my fascination of the Arctic a friend spotted it calling out "Chris it's got your name written on it!". My intention was to stay focussed and not be tempted to buy anymore books as the shelves at home are full! However temptation got the better of me and I couldn't resist. It is in a rather sorry state with the binding disintegrating but I thought I might find a way to rebind it.The book was published in 1875. The pages are showing their age, but the quality of the print and paper stands out against many of the books published today. I wonder how many of today's books will survive in 140 years time?
An added bonus are the beautiful wood engravings which accompany the text. Unfortunately the artist does not appear to have been credited.
I just had to give it a home! I am sure it will become a source of inspiration for further work in relation to the Arctic.
I am also part of Bookscapes Collective.
Bookscapes is a group of six artists that have developed a group practice specialising in site specific interventions and exhibitions.