A couple of years ago, I picked up this pretty vintage copy of Eleanor and Herbert Farjeon’s Kings and Queens, a verse history of the English monarchy, first published in 1932. The book made a palpable, improbable hit with my first grader, who loved the sketchy kings:
“John, John, bad King John / Shamed the throne that he sat on.”
“Nobody dared / To say a word, / And Crookback Dick / Became Richard the Third.”
“Please remember James was not / An English monarch, but a Scot. / Also, James had goggle eyes, / And drank more liquor than was wise.”
The British Library just reissued Kings and Queens in a facsimile edition, with the original illustrations by Rosalind Thornycroft. I promptly ordered three copies. The kid’s response? “Fine, but you can’t sell OUR COPY.”
So here’s Kings and Queens, not for sale. At least not yet. Maybe never.
And now, I can retire.
Home from the LA Book Fair with a suitcase full of books and bubble wrap, enjoying the suspiciously early Brooklyn spring (crocuses!) and loving this local Kickstarter project. Use books as bees use flowers, indeed.
The first Honey & Wax blog post has to be a shout-out to those who brought you this website: Mika Babcock, presiding from above, and our crack Brooklyn team: Brigid Cabry Nelson on design, Lou Melledy on construction, Melea Seward on strategy, Matt Carr on photography, Cristina Payne on PhotoShop, Erik DuRon on dinner, and Lily O’Donnell on dessert.