Audubon's forgotten legacy: the Buffalo Carp Sucker
In 1818, the French natural historian Constantine Samuel Rafinesque travelled to Kentucky to visit fellow naturalist John James Audubon. Rafinesque was so irritating that Audubon started to make up local animals for fun, which the Frenchman faithfully recorded and sketched witihout question. In his "Book 17th of Notes -- Travels in 1818" for example, (pictured above) we find these four fake fish: the "Flatnose Doublefin," the "Bigmouth Sturgeon," the "Buffalo Carp Sucker," and the bulletproof "Devil-Jack Diamond Fish."
-from The Madman's Library: The Strangest Books, Manuscripts and Other Literary Curiosities From History by Edward Brooke-Hitching
Our Holiday Open House is Thursday, December 7. Come by for free food and drinks-- and discounted books that make great gifts!
We didn't have one of those Black Friday Doorbuster Sales (not enough high-definition dictionaries we could offer), but we are having an open house Thursday, December 7 from 5:30 to 8 pm. We'll have holiday goodies, drinks, and fellow shoppers of good cheer, so come on by. Oh, and all books are 10% off. Space IS limited, so please let us know if you're planning to attend by dropping us a note at email@example.com
New book by Printed Page co-owner details a
behind-the-scenes look at the world of bookselling
Co-owner Dan Danbom's "I Met Another Dead Man Today" is a bookseller's diary spanning five years in the life of Printed Page. The title refers to what we can tell about people by the books they leave behind, but it's not just the dead who play prominent roles here. You'll meet eccentrics, scholars, knaves, the unhoused and just regular people, all of whom contribute in their individual ways to the life of a used bookstore. At times funny, at times poignant, the book tells the story of how books are found and even sometimes how they're sold. "I Met Another Dead Man Today" is available at Printed Page for $34.99.