Fire Walk

Unstandardised, Decentralised Carnival Fire

Oliver Darkshire | LitHub | 14th March 2023

On the art of cataloguing rare books. Each entry must record precisely how "a book has survived the ravages of time" in as little space as possible. There is a secret language for this. "Foxed" means the pages are mottled. "Sophisticated" denotes a probable fake, but an interesting one. Sheepskin binding is "roan" and calfskin "vellum". Every bookseller uses these terms in their own way, too (1,752 words).

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