I seem to have more than my fair share of interesting and eclectic books, and know how you all enjoy the occasional rummage through my bookshelves, so thought I’d share my latest acquisition with you.
The Diamond Dictionary was found in a box of ‘things’ at my Dads and I’m completely in love with it. Described as a ‘Dictionary of the English Language’, its 640 pages contain a dictionary, almanac and a small amount of of Debrett’s etiquette which is a lot to fit into a 7 x 10 cm volume.
An inscription inside reads, ‘W.A.A.F 2130636, I. Atkinson’ who was my Great Aunt Renee, a member of the Womens’ Auxiliary Air Force during World War II.
The edges are worn and tattered.
At some point it has been stained with ink; maybe in the bottom of a bag or drawer?
There are a smattering of line drawings showing important things such as various designs of Dirigibles (airships), points of a horse, knots and ‘the evolution of the bicycle’:
Random dog breeds appear opposite the definition of ‘dominion’:
In amongst the tables of weights and measures, a ‘foreign time table’ and punctuation symbols, you will find information on ‘moneys of the world’:
A list of ‘stamp duties and taxes (correct when going to press)’, however I’m not sure when this little book was published:
And in case you are unsure how to address a Baron…
Isn’t it wonderful! I could probably get good odds on betting that you have something similar on your bookshelf? I’d love to hear about it if you do.
I promise there will be knitting activity next week as I’m heading to the Unwind festival in Brighton on Sunday. Hope to see some of you there and do say hello if you spot me!