"It is clear that the books owned the shop, rather than the other way about. Everywhere they had run wild and taken possession of their habitat, breeding and multiplying, and clearly lacking any strong hand to keep them down" - Agatha Christie, The Clocks
"Usually when I enter a bookstore, I immediately feel calm. Bookstores are, for me, what churches are for other people...I believe that books contain messages I am meant to receive. I'm not normally superstitious , but I've even had books fall from shelves and land at my feet. Books are my missives from the universe"- Laurie Horowitz, The Family Fortune
"When is human nature so weak as in a bookstore?" - Henry Ward Beecher
This is the iconic Gould's Bookshop in the inner city suburb of Newtown. It has been the largest second hand bookshop in Australia for the last 30 years, and is one of my Happy Places. Despite the onslaught of online bookshops like Amazon and Book Depository, Gould's keeps on keeping on. You could easily lose a day in this place and it is virtually impossible for a booklover - or photographer - to walk out empty handed.
I once found a 2nd edition of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray and a 1st edition set of Alexander Solzhenitsyn's Cancer Ward in this place, hallowed ground.
The treasure I found yesterday? A 1970s edition of I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (RIP).
Kindle? You've got to be kidding me! Viva la book!
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rigoletto (34269) 2014-07-14 7:19
very nice photo: it is still a strong TE share without having any meadows or spires in it :)
i almost get the smell of second hand books (you know, they smell different than new ones), and even see the steam of their odor... so many of them...
i read the quotes and your treasure hunt bonus with pleasure (2nd edition dorian gray? wow!!!). in addition to the last line: "two things technology will never beat: book and pencil" :)
BennyV (13848) 2014-07-14 7:44
I'm in! The mirror and the box that says box on it...they're great extra's in this scene of books.
Just before we leave on holiday, get the right selection of books in...the rest is luggage.
snunney (85621) 2014-07-14 7:52
The sort of place I used to frequent many years ago and spend happy hours browsing. I'm afraid I'm fully converted to the Kindle now, much lighter and more portable when you are on the move though not quite the same smell:-) A very evocative image with some good accompanying notes. All the best for the week ahead.
Royaldevon (30747) 2014-07-14 8:34
Ciao Cara Lisa,
I'm with you!
I have a mini iPad but have never been tempted to add books to its memory.
I like the experience of turning pages, listening to the pages rustle and using my old page-marker to show where I have read to.
I love to see my book case full of books, wondering which ones to swap with my friend and coveting the ones that have memories attached to them or that I use regularly for reference.
I am frustrated that I can't read any of the titles in your extra, well-stocked bookshop!
Have a lovely day,
mesutilgim (86066) 2014-07-14 8:47
I showed this capture to my wife, who allways claims about the number of my books at home ; her reaction deep silence :-)
Books are our best friends; your capture -both photograhycally and informative- a topclass TE entry.
A few weeks ago a friend of me has called me and said, his mother in law passed away and if I was interested in her books as she was an archaelogist.
As archaelogy is my hobby, I said yes and went over.
Within the books I brought back to my home was a book of the famous French Archaelogist Prof.Mendel (year of print 1914) about the inventory of the Archaelogical Museum of İstanbul with hand drawings of Mendel. It's now a real treausure for me !
TFS and best regards
lousat (78427) 2014-07-14 9:05
Ciao Lisa,una foto molto originale con effetto "ingiallito" creato dalle luci di interno,ce n'e' davvero per tutti i gusti in questo book shop molto molto fornito,un'ottima occasione per una composizione ricchissima,molto bella! Buonanotte,Luciano
Silvio1953 (124609) 2014-07-14 9:13
Ciao Lisa, sembra quasi la libreris di casa mia, amo i libri, bello vederne cosi' tanti, un caro saluto dalle Alpi, ciao Silvio
macjake (57430) 2014-07-14 10:28
great to see a new post from ya!
Although I personally am not an avid reader, i totally respect those who are. I find it hard to keep focused on the words, my mind easily wonders off into another dimension :)
Tosca loves to read, she's read every book known to mankind. But the sad truth of that is technology.
Since she found Instagram a couple years ago her reading has basically stopped!
I guess many people are in the same position?
an intriguing post for sure.
with technology today this is almost like a blast from the past.
a clever post to get us the viewers thinking!
We leave for Chicago July 19th :)
going for about 6 or 7 days.
abmdsudi (44262) 2014-07-14 11:17
An interesting shot that suggests a romantic world of chaos what appears to the outside world to be of disorder and clutter. It's like a trip into the past, but good to think there are still places like this around and the tones really suits the old fashioned feel here and the processing choice which adds a crisp sharpness and contrast that enhances the whole scene and adds to the feel and emotion for the viewer. Really good photo composition, Congrats
Noel_Byrne (25262) 2014-07-14 13:17
Tis place looks eclectic and just a little bit crazy, and that is what makes me love it so much. I am a big fan of books, but the ones I read tend to bore most people to death, I love to read science and engineering, architecture, religion and geography. People have commented before that my books collection looks like a school assignment.
You got really lucky with those special finds, nicely done.
I love the way the book shelves lean like this, almost like a scene from Harry potter. I once had a book shelf that looked like this, but it wasn't supposed to, I just didn't build it properly. Never believe the things Ikea tell you :)
Your pic is moody and creative and a perfect compliment to this aladdins cave for the book worm.
Thanks as always
COSTANTINO (56791) 2014-07-14 13:22
Hello my dear friend
I agree with you that usually when you enter
a bookstore you feel calm me too
I love books and this shot I liked very much
it is so natural with interesting details
colorful books offering a great experience
in m y opinion books are our best friends
a real treasure
have a nice time
carlo62 (34448) 2014-07-14 14:36
anche io posseggo molti libri, non certo come questi, ma ne ho un buon numero. A moltiplicarlo ci pensa mia figlia, che conosce una libreria più o meno simile a questa e dove trova cose impossibili che, naturalmente, porta a casa.
Gran bella foto, hai ricreato la giusta atmosfera per questo luogo, mi sembra di sentire anche l'odore delle pagine ingiallite dal tempo.
fritzi007 (6619) 2014-07-14 15:13
eine Bücherei, heute in Zeiten des Internets?
Ich beziehe meine Informationen großteils aus dem Internet, z.B. Wikipedia, in einer Bücherei war ich schon Jahre nicht mehr. Dein Kommentar ist sehr informativ, gratuliere dir!
Viele, liebe Grüße
jcpix (13704) 2014-07-14 18:54
Gidday Mrs. DP,
Say, you know anywhere I can pick up some reading material? Agatha Christie is spot on here, the books have apparently become self aware and are gaining quite a stronghold over this shop!
I'm not much of a bookworm myself...I'm a simpleton and prefer pictures, and would rather wait for the movie...but I can appreciate the novelty of a good read just the same.
A daunting collection in this shop, and not one I'd ever want to tackle, but it would sure keep someone busy for a nice long time. Love the greenish/yellow tint over this shot, giving it a very retro appeal. If this is anything like a vintage record store though, I would have to think the odor is....well, unique!? :)
Lovely presentation of something out of the traditional. Well done my dearest vulgarian. Enjoy your afternoon. Take it easy.
Cheers from PHX,
emka (80866) 2014-07-14 20:57
Ciao cara Lisa,
fantastic old bookshop, it must be a great joy when you find a rara avis. 2nd edition of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, woow. Nicve place for making discoveries.
I have many books at home that I haven't read yet, always thinking - I will read them when I will be retired. Haha, I still have no time for it. Maybe when I am too old to travel?
Old books have much charm. have a nice day
siudzi (34047) 2014-07-14 23:57
What a superb place you have discovered and photographed! Really spectacular one with a fanatic mood and so many interesting elements. Well framed and cropped to get a nice composition even so many details placed in the scene. Bravo!
ktanska (25076) 2014-07-15 1:55
That certainly is an old fashioned second hand bookshop at it's best (or worst)! The best thing on these is to find something you never imagined you were looking for.
Sadly I guess times are hard for businesses like this, turnover is slow and it's difficult to get good price.
I just returned from London where I sadly noted my favourite bookstore, Motor Books, had closed.
danos (87891) 2014-07-15 4:38
nice the interio viewe of the iconic Gould's bookshop,with a lot of books to are in the paper boxes.I like the light and the colour management as the good reportage shot from it.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-07-15 4:42
I love the message inside this image, that means so much more after reading the commentary. It looks like a fascinating place and this shot goes some way in capturing the chaos and magic of the place. Mesmerising and quite wonderful!
Regards - B.
ikeharel (58895) 2014-07-15 8:05
Some of this remind me the books at home, but much and many more, Lisa.
The round mirror show that the shelves even extended to the other side you were aiming at.
Packed and a bit chaotic, and sure i'd find some good reading there.
ChrisJ (100112) 2014-07-18 4:51
Decisions, decisions! Which book to read first? And still more to add to the shelves. Readers will be spoilt for choice once the unpacking and cataloging are complete! Good sharpness and warm colours. The security mirror top left adds interest. Tfs!
serp2000 (40650) 2014-07-27 12:27
Excellent shot! I was surprised, but the Trekkers love the books. Impressive collection of their reaction ;)
Very picturesque composition, good graphic! I like it!