Monday, April 21, 2014

S10: The Ancient East and Its Story

Freshly back from my trip to Asia and I’m hit with this:

Not literally, though. Cause that would hurt. A lot.
Title: The Ancient East and Its Story

The ancient east, in this regard, refers to what we now consider the Middle East. Centering on Egypt, Babylonia, and Assyria, it’s a thick 472 page history tome that makes me glad I stopped doing the ‘read a book all the way through each week’ project.

So happy that's done.

Written by James Baike, it has no publishing date but it was prior to 1928. How do I know? Cause the book plate on the inner cover states that this was one of the prizes presented from the Strathcona Trust for good work in physical exercises for the year 1928-1929.

Yep, you can be both a winner and a loser.

This appears to be a standard history textbook and contains a variety of black and white photographs. However, it also has a handful of colour plates. The best aspect of it (beyond functioning as an effective doorstop, anyway) are the pseudo-deckle pages that are uniformly miscut.

Riddle me this...

Colour makes everything better.

After three weeks abroad in Asia, though, reading more about any parts of Asia seems like overkill.

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