Morrab Library book sale and a copy of AMBIT

Grand-Book-Sale-September-2015 ssSometimes life hands out little gems.

Yesterday I went to the Morrab Library book sale. They stock mainly adult books, but I was hoping there might be some interesting old maps or illustrated reference books that might intrigue children in our school library.

In the event, I managed to snaffle an Usborne book on insects for 50p and a copy of WINNIE-THE-POOH in Latin, but the purchase that made me really jump out of my skin was one for my home library:

AMBIT, Issue 12, 1962 

Set up in 1959 by London paediatrician, Dr Martin Bax, Ambit is a literary magazine that has, after 56 years of publication, managed to remain edgy while becoming well-established — click the links for a potted history and a 3:am interview with the founder.

I love old books and magazines, for the stories, poems and art, and for the little insights into “the way things used to be” — old currencies, antiquated language, and no online submissions (semi-forgotten things that I love to remember).

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Then there are the “exciting firsts” on the literary scene; the advent of things we now see as history. Check out the VENTURE advert for interviews with Albert Camus, and a new market for non-conformist talent:

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And finally a request to return the subscription form with ten shillings.

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Massive thanks to Morrab Library for making my day.


More on Ambit:

Here’s Ambit Issue #1, Summer 1959,  and here’s how you get hold of other back issues.


Thank you for reading 😊