Do you ever search for books? I mean a specific book, maybe one that's out of print, or a specific cover that you want for your collection? I do, and I love to haunt used bookstores looking for this or that elusive prize. It's like a quest! I was thinking about this the other day and it brought back several memories that made me smile. I'll share one of them here.
So years ago as a kid we were on a trip to Florida and I saw a book called Urshurak in the Tampa airport gift shop. It was a big trade paperback type book, written and illustrated by the Hildebrandt brothers (famous for their Tolkien and Star Wars images). Urshurak was an ambitious project, intended to also be a film, but that never happened. and to be honest, it wasn't a very good book- in fact, saying it's awful might be kind? But that's not the point- the point is it was a big, lush fantasy and as a kid I was swimming in those! However, for whatever reason I lost the book- I'm not sure what happened to it.
Fast forward maybe ten years and I'm in college, and seeing a girl I would date for six years. We were in a used bookstore in Midland MI and I was, among other things, looking for Urshurak. As I did in every used bookstore I came across. For nostalgia value mainly- I already knew the book hadn't aged well, but I was a Hildebrandt fan and wanted a copy. I didn't expect to find it that day. Imagine my surprise when she said- is this it?
The copy of The Hobbit pictured above is another that I had to have for the cover. That's the version I read as a kid so again I had a nostalgic attachment to that cover. Luckily this one is easier to find! But I've found over the years that there's a part of me that loves the chase- the quest for that certain book or edition. Does anyone else ever feel the same?