I remember picking out this Roald Dahl short story collection at Kovan’s Popular book store, at the ripe old age of 10. I remember obsessively looking through the bent spines and torn covers to find the most perfect one. This book cover tore rather easily because of the material, and even though I knew it would be in tatters someday, I was convinced that I would be able to maintain it in pristine condition…
Now, the cover is smooth and soft like how I remember it to be, just that it is bruised and bent, some of the print has cracked off, and its pages are foxed. There’s this huge watermark on one of the pages. I remember being SO UPSET when it was wet.
An interesting imperfection I found was an ink blot on one of the pages, possibly leaked from the printer! I have never seen another book with one, so I feel that it’s slightly more unique with this small ink spot. I wonder what happened to that printer… Did it combust into flames after printing? Did it leak on any other page? It gives me clues to what the printing process was like.
All this is particularly difficult to see, since I’m one of those people at the bookshop who look through the entire stock on display for the most pristine copy. No folds, no bents, no tiny tears are tolerated. But I have to say, I’ve gotten more acclimated to less than perfect books over the years. It really helps that I enjoy the book so much that I am able to overlook its imperfections. I really treasure these books I've shared with you, with all the battle scars they have.