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March 13, 2014 | by

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Lodovico Burnacini, Il Pomo d’Oro, Act I, Scene V, Jupiter and His Court at Banquet with Discord Floating in a Cloud above the Table, hand-colored engraving, 1668. Image via the New York Review of Books.

 

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  1. OAJ | March 13, 2014 at 11:53 pm

    The world’s most stunning library remains the Bookmobile. It came ’round every Thursday and parked beneath a tree. Two doors down the firehouse, between Lanier and 18th street.

    I was fourteen years old, dumbstruck by the fact of it being bigger on the inside than it appeared on the outside. TARDIS like, Dr. Who fans!

    There I found “The Crystal Cabinet” an invitation to poetry by Horace Gregory and Marya Zaturenska, with wood engravings by Diana Bloomfield:

    “Another England there I saw,
    Another London with its Tower,
    Another Thames and other Hills,
    and another pleasant Bower,”

    “O. what a smile! a threefold smile
    Fill’d me, that like a flame I burn’d;
    I bent to kiss the lovely Maid,
    And found a Threefold Kiss return’d.”

    This excerpt, for those who care, and eve those who don’t, is courtesy of of Mr. Blake and his Crystal Cabinet.

    The library is gone now, I don’t know where it went, but for over two-score and ten now, it lives in my imagination. And, I’ll say this in a hush: the gentle lady, the librarian, never, ever had me shushed!

    Cheers!

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