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There & Back

George MacDonald

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The book has suffered much, both from damp and insects."

"No matter!" answered Lestrange imperiously. "I will not have you meddle further with that volume.—Would you believe it, Hardy," he went on, turning to the curate, "it is that translation of Ovid he is experimenting upon!"

"I beg your pardon, I am not experimenting," said Richard.

"I hardly think it is such a very rare book!" replied the curate. "I believe it could be replaced!"

"Ah, you don't know, I see! I thought I had shown you!" returned
Lestrange excitedly. "Look there!"

He pointed to the title-page, which was lying on the table.

"I see!" said Hardy. "It is a first edition—in black letter—of Arthur
Golding's Ovid!"

"But you don't look! Why don't you look? Have you no eyes for that faded ink just under the title?"

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I am a book conservator--or what is still known in England and Europe in general as a book restorer. My goal is often to retain as much original material as possible while stabilizing an old volume and making it safe to handle and read. Imagine my surprise when MacDonald describes his character, Ric

A little alchemy:
"The men stood lost in the swift changes of his attendant colours--from red to gold, from the human to the divine--as he ran to the horizon from beneath, and came up with a rush, eternally silent.

A little Gene Veith (_God at Work_):
"He believed in Jesus Christ as the everyday life o

Written in the late nineteenth century, I stumbled across this gem called There and Back by George MacDonald while re-reading The Princess and the Goblin and At the Back of the North Wind for a new blog series Iā€™m rolling out next week, ā€œ10 Allegories Worth Reading.ā€

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A big plus for me was this MacDonald book does not contain Gaelic. I read sir gibbie ,a lovely story but there were passages that I did not understand at all. I discovered Gaelic English dictionary indexed. After I read the final words of the story. MacDonald t

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