For next weeks 'Contemporary Collage' class at City Lit we were asked to bring in a pre- existing book for alteration/ desecration. While I have 'previous' in this activity( see here for my first foray), having had a clear out when we moved I didn't have anything suitable . Time to visit the 2 excellent secondhand bookshops in Faversham - the 'Fleur-de lis' run by the Faversham Society and Past Sentence which is open on market days.
In the latter, I bought 2 books from the 'sailing' section. The copy of 'Dinghy Ownership Mainly For The Non-Racing Man ' dates from 1956 ( the author also wrote 'Dinghy Sailing For Boys - Or Girls') and has nice thick paper ( an important consideration) as well as lots of interesting illustrations and a few photos.
I mainly bought 'The Merchant Service today' (1942 from the recreational library of RAF Mildenhall) for it's fold out copy of the admiralty chart of the North Kent coast section of the Thames Estuary although it too has nice thick paper.
In the 'Fleur' bookshop I obtained 2 further books bought for their illustrations - a 'Souvenir Edition' of 1963 showing excerpts from issues of Encylopedia Britannica going back centuries and the book below from 1981 which is filled with examples of patents including many bizarre ones that never caught on.