Yesterday was International Day of the Book, or something, and Sunday is the start of Irish Book Week (according to someone on the radio anyway), so I thought it nice to post about some books on my book shelf. There's a lot of buzz about the books people pretend to have read because of yesterday. Well I certainly don't pretend to have read these, but they do look nice, all seven volumes sitting proud on a eye level shelf.
The books, "A History of our Own Times", were authored by Cork man, Justin McCarthy (1830-1912). Wikipedia defines McCarthy as "an Irish nationalist historian, novelist politician and MP. in the House of Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, from 1879 as a Liberal Home Ruler. He represented County Longford in Parliament as a Liberal and home ruler from 1879 to 1885; North Longford, 1885-1886; Londonderry City, 1886-1892; and North Longford from 1892 to 1900 as an Anti-Parnellite member." By the way, that's not him in the picture :) They aren't first editions, but the are first "Illustrated" editions.
Here are five other random books from my book shelves:
- "The Archaic Revival" by Terence McKenna [hallucinogenic mushrooms, DMT, and so on]
- "Delivering Push" by Ethan Cerami [PUSH will be the end of Internet browsers! (written in 1998)]
- "Demonic Males" by Wrangham & Peterson [a study of apes to discover the origins of human violence]
- "An Illustraited Guide to Erotica" by Various [3 volumes of high class art-porn!]
- "Mein Kampf" by Adolf Hitler [he had some good ideas, he had some bad ideas]