I came across this copy in - of all places - Treadwell's, the Bloomsbury bookshop that specialises in magic and mysticism but for some curious reason has the occasional radical title too. I was attracted above all by the inscription ...
'R.R.K. from B.M.T. and D.B.T. with love and wonder. 25.xii.40' - and then in pencil by a different hand, 'given to my by Barbara & Duncan first edition and much treasured all my life', and also in pencil, at the top of the page 'S'.
Who was RRK? Why did he or she treasure this book all their life? Could this be Richard Kisch, an early volunteer to serve in Spain - or Rafa Kenton or Rose Kerrigan, whose communist husbands either fought or worked in Spain during the civil war?
And who were Barbara and Duncan who gave the book as a Christmas present with the very personal inscription and its reference to 'wonder'? I'd love to know. In the meantime, I will endeavour to look after the book in the spirit of its original owner.
What a wonderful discovery! I congratulate you for finding it. I too have found similar gems about groups of men from Lancashire who fought in the international brigades in Spain.
Thanks Jack - I know you have a keen interest in the Spanish Civil War.
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What a great find!! See if you can find ‘I am Spain’ by David Boyd Haycock. This book discusses his life and friends in a discussion of authors and idealists who fought. I came across your blog looking for more information on Cornford. Cheers!
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