On a short book hunting jaunt this afternoon, I came upon a red book with a very worn spine sitting on the shelf. The spine was so worn it was unreadable and little dried pieces of cloth chipped off its edge. The title, Johnson's Lives of the Poets Volume II ©1900 edited by Mrs. Alexander Napier with an introduction by J.W. Hales, M.A. Published by George Bell and Sons, London. When I arrived home I flipped through it and found this nice little piece of ephemera: Johnson Vanity of Human Wishes ©1896, edited with notes by E.J. Payne, M.A.. Original price of this booklet was 4 pence. The piece was tucked inside the book and appears to have been there long enough to protect it from the elements. I love finding things like this. One never knows what will be discovered in an old book.
Front and back covers