Thursday, April 15, 2010

Lost Books, Love by Shelia Pickles and Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to Marci and DolleyGurl they are the offical winners of the Mistress of Rome giveaway! I hope you enjoy the read I really want to read this one and will get it, I hope sometime soon.

In the mean time there still is time to enter for you chance to win a copy of Claude and Camille by Stephanie Cowell. One of the group members has seen the final book and it is to die for beautiful.
Lost Books "Love" by Shelia Pickles
This lovely book I just happened to pick up at Goodwill for 2.99$ and I must say it is by far one of the most unique books I have ever held in my hands. One of the reasons it is unique is that it is a “scented” book. Kind of like "scratch and sniff" stickers but no scratching necessary here. First time I opened it in the store I was bombarded by the fragrance of roses. Pleasurable as it was I was kind of surprised that a book that was printed in 1988 would still smell so strongly of roses. Another unique aspect of this book is that an editor named Shelia Pickles who cross the boundaries of editorial duties into the author field writes it. Bravo Shelia your work is very pleasing and has become a treasured addition to my library.

I just had to scan this page of the book for the readers to see with their own eyes how beautiful this book genuinely is. Classical verse and prose at its best combined with the finest art works of history. With excerpts from Dickens, Shakespeare, Tennyson, Marlowe, Browning, Dante, Jane Austen, John Donne, Emily Dickenson, Cristina Georgina Rossetti, Louise May Alcott, Emily Bronte, Edgar Allen Poe, Jane Eyre, and there are so many more I did not mention. It is the heavy hitters of literature.

All of the classical works of art are well known works that are dynamic and awh inspiring. I even spotted quite a few Pre-Raphaelites. I knew I found a real treasure when the first work in the book is by far one of my favorites, John William Waterhouse, The Soul of the Rose, 1908. Oil on canvas. London, Pre-Raphaelite. I think that there are many of you out there that would really enjoy this book and I added the Amazon link below because you can get a used one for a penny. I got lucky in that my copy is the collectible one with a book jacket.

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  1. I have one of these, too! (although it has a different cover and different artwork in the inside.) A boy I met in my first semester of college gave it to me because were kinda sweet on each other for a week or two. We ended up being just friends, but I still have the little book and still adore it. :)

  2. thanks again, I'm so excited that I won!I can't wait to read it!

  3. This is the reason I haunt used book stores, thrift stores, flea markets, and yard sales. It is always so exciting to find something like this. Of course my house is overflowing with wonderful finds like this.

  4. Miss Jessica, that is so cool that you got one as a gift. How sweet. I wonder if your has different art work because it might be a different size. The one I have is the standard HF book size.

    Marci, Congrats I am happy for you too. I know you have been entering and following for a long time and Thank You, you deserve it. I know you will love it.

    Librarypat, the library of hidden treasures hu? You probably have some good ones hidden in there too I bet.

  5. how wonderful! the shop, penhaligon's in london has a wonderful rose perfume (the recipe has remained the same for over a century i think). are they connected? i am a new historical fiction author and i just love your blog!

  6. Congrats to Heather and Marci! Mistress of Rome was a great read.

    the LOVE book is sooo cool and really pretty - what a great find!

  7. Priya, I did not know there was a store there by that name. It would make logical sense though, it did smell really good. I am glad you found me too!

    Thanks Amy it was a good score but the only thing I got that time.


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