The Hang Fire Books Blog

The rantings of a bookdealer in Brooklyn, New York.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

BOOK CSI: Tastiest Book Ever and Porno Proof-Reading

I saw a box of 100+ British Dr. Who pbs for sale this past weekend. I was waffling about trying them on eBay when I picked one up and noticed the telltale 1/8" bore-holes indicating bookworms. Looking further I found this one which has the highest number of holes I've seen on a single book: 13!



3-4 holes in a text block is not uncommon in titles from the 40s and earlier but this book is from 1982! This leads me to conclude that the Doctor Who Crossword book is the most delicious confection ever printed.

Next up a batch of sleaze paperbacks that showed up in the mail. The covers were nice and the bindings were solid but fanning the pages I noticed heavy ink underlining and marginalia. On further investigation I discovered the previous owner had developed an elaborate system to annotate his porn using multi-colored ink, pictograms for particular sex acts and indexes on the inside back cover.

and more (NWS): 1, 2, 3

When reading this type of literature, you're already reduced to one hand. But when the other hand contains a multicolor hi-lighting pen, it seems you're missing the point.

Book CSI is a continuing record of the sins against books committed by readers, the elements and time. I'm posting interesting cases as I find them. Please report any noteworthy crimes to our desk man.

1 comment:

LuxMentis said...

Love the sleaze. I see a PhD thesis behind this...would love to know if it was used such and, if so, to find the paper...