The Ancient Modern

Used, Good Condition /  Joshua Alan Sturgill     

front endpaper bears
author inscription to previous owner

early edition — cover varies
from image shown

age-toned pages; light foxing; text clean

overall firm and unmarked
with moderate exterior wear

All poetry and supplementary material: copyright 2023 by Joshua Alan Sturgill. All rights reserved.

One thought on “Used, Good Condition

  1. Thanks for this! Subtle echoes of Benjamin Franklin? And I am reminded of the title Slightly Foxed But Still Desirable: Ronald Searle’s Wicked World of Book Collecting (1989), though I have not yet caught up with the book itself. And then there is the resonance of the fascinating discussion of the term ‘used’ – etymologically correct? less respectful to books than ‘second-hand’? and so on.


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