Thursday, February 23, 2012

(Sometimes I Buy Books)

Even though I mentioned in a recent post that book review-writing is one way to build one's library collection at no cost, it's not very effective, nor is it meant to be. And books are something worth spending on. This week brought the following* via Amazon, after sadly failing to find all of then at the Strand**:

José Cárdenas Bunsen. Escritura y derecho canonico en la obra de fray Bartolomé de las Casas. Iberoamericana Vervuert Verlag, 2011.

David M. Freidenreich and Miriam Goldstein, eds. Beyond Religious Borders: Interaction and Intellectual Exchange in the Medieval Islamic World. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2012.

Joseph R. Hacker and Adam Shear, eds. The Hebrew Book in Early Modern Italy. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.

Antonio Muñoz Molina. Carlota Fainberg. Madrid: Alfaguara, 1999.
(Edited on 2/29 to add: I ordered this one through one of Amazon's associated used-book merchants, Books Squared. It was listed as being in very good condition, which according to Amazon means that the physical condition of the spine and pages should be excellent, minimal markings and no writing in the book. Unfortunately, it arrived with marginal comments and underlining in pen on virtually every page. The company issued a refund almost immediately, but it was still a really disappointing experience and I think I shan't buy books from that particular merchant again.)
*I think I'll regularize the posting of information about books I acquire, a little bit a la Nick Hornby, not so much the week in links, but the week (only not that frequently!) in damage.

**And yes, this does mean that I successfully walked into a bookstore containing 18 miles of books and left without purchasing anything!

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