Yesterday I found a very cool book in a junk shop for £3. An old copy of Seven Years In Tibet. I already have a copy of the book but haven’t gotten around to reading it. The copy I found yesterday is full of wonder…
It’s held together with a piece of string -
In the inside cover it says ‘To Dick, From Eileen / Maida Vale Xmas 1953′
The inside is stuffed full of cuttings from the 1950s onward -
A few pages in there is a map, I found this little collectable card about tea tucked inside. -
The overleaf of the card:
The book itself is very crisp and in good condition. It makes a very satisfying sound turning through the pages.
I also found what appears to be a homemade bookmark hidden in a page towards the back:
In the back cover there are more clippings:
The clippings extend from the 50s, through the 80s and 90s.
There is also a clipping of Heinrich Harrer’s (the author) obituary. He passed away in 2006. At the bottom you can see a note which says “In 1957 another book was published, by Robert Ford ‘Captured In Tibet’”.
I’m not a handwriting expert so I can’t quite tell if the annotations from the 50s are by the same hand as the more recent annotations; the handwriting could be the same or different, really. Either way, the book is wonderfully fascinating and the collection of cuttings create a much broader and quite touching picture of a story over time. In a romantic vision of the book, I hope the handwriting is the same and the original Dick who was gifted the book by Eileen kept all of these notes throughout his life.
I’m very much looking forward to sitting down and reading the book and the notes. In the summer I heard the Dalai Lama speak at the Royal Albert Hall, I still have the programme – so perhaps I will clip a highlight and slot it in and carry on the tradition…