The British Library is currently displaying the earliest known printed book, a Diamond Sutra printed from wood blocks in the year 868. This copy survived to our day by being sealed away for eight centuries in a hidden chamber in the Mogoa Caves near Dun-Huang on the Silk Road.
Consciously or unconsciously, men are proud of their firmness, steadfastness of purpose, directness of aim. They go straight towards their desire, to the accomplishment of virtue -- sometimes of crime -- in an uplifting persuasion of their firmness. They walk the road of life, the road fenced in by their tastes, prejudices, disdains or enthusiasms, generally honest, invariably stupid, and are proud of never losing their way. If they do stop, it is to look for a moment over the hedges that make them safe, to look at the misty valleys, at the distant peaks, at cliffs and morasses, at the dark forests and the hazy plains where other human beings grope their days painfully away, stumbling over the bones of the wise, over the unburied remains of their predecessors who died alone, in gloom or in sunshine, halfway from anywhere. The man of purpose does not understand, and goes on, full of contempt. He never loses his way. He knows where he is going and what he wants. Travelling on, he achieves great length without any breadth, and battered, besmirched, and weary, he touches the goal at last; he grasps the reward of his perseverance, of his virtue, of his healthy optimism: an untruthful tombstone over a dark and soon forgotten grave.
Joseph Conrad, An Outcast of the Islands, Complete Edition, page 197.
NHK is currently airing a million-part morning drama about the life of Hanako Muraoka, the Japanese translator of Anne of Green Gables, entitled Hanako To An (Hanako and Anne). That's Hanako in the middle. Picture source. NHK site.
Jerry O'Brien operated a used book store at the corner of Argyle and Blowers from around 1961 till 1983. His store was known to some people as Black Cat Books because of the advertising decal -- for cigarettes or shoe polish -- left on the window by an earlier tenant. So far from having a store cat O'Brien fed sparrows that flew in and hopped around on the books. He also smoked cigars, which left ash around. He was a bearded man who could have passed for fellow Haligonian George Grant. In fact I'd be interested to hear from anyone who ever saw them together in the same room. Sherman Hines did his portrait. (Then picture source.)
This is a book illustration by Tekisui Ishii, to be found opposite page 20 of Etsu Inagaki Sugimoto's A Daughter of the Samurai (1934 Doubleday edition). Note the snow on the trees and the girl's bare toes. The signature in the lower left spells Tekisui in katakana. Ishii also illustrated Etsu Sugimoto's A Daughter of the Nohfu, and Chiyono (a daughter of Etsu) Sugimoto's Picture Tales From the Japanese. All of these people seem to have lived and worked in the United States in the 1920s and 30s.
Though they did a lot of Roman episodes on Time Team, it wasn't until until series 9, episode 12 that any volume of the Loeb Classical Library got screen time, viz. Suetonius on Vespasian's conquest of the Isle of Wight.
Tony does wave around the red Liverpool University Press Vegetius in series 1, episode 2. And Robin Bush reads from the Penguin Life of King Alfred in series 10, episode 8. He too can be seen following the text with his finger as he reads, a thing nobody over the age of six would do except for television.
And he used a highlighter. Guy de la Bédoyère glances toward a Loeb Dio Cassius on the table in front of him in series 11, episode 5, but it doesn't get a closeup because in the next instant Carenza is pointing at a map, and you can't have two finger shots in row, although I've done it above.