Monday: Covers from the Hall Collection

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The Hall collection is housed in the 12th floor lecture hall. Mercantile member Virginius Hall has collected, for their cover art, books that were printed prior to 1940. They’re a pleasure to look at, a pleasure to read, and demonstrate how things aren’t what they used to be, aesthetically speaking. In fact, he brought in an addition to the collection just today: The Green Hat by Michael Arlen–a flapper in an emerald hat and fur muff collar stands coyly in the foreground, in the background, a yellow Rolls Royce (suspiciously like the one Arlen himself zipped about London in). This week we feature covers of novels with the theme “Drunk on power”.

Since you asked, here’s the Rolls in question–perhaps it’s what makes this book so collectible. Also, the wikipedia entry on Arlen.

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Now doesn’t that make you want to pick it up and read it?

(Warning: Items in the Hall Collection are noncirculating)

-Ed Scripsi

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Published in: on September 25, 2006 at 5:01 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Rolls Royce? Wow, writing doesn’t pay like it used to.

    And it reminds me of the 60s movie Blow Up (which I strongly advise NOT seeing) in which the lead character, a photographer, drives a Rolls. I guess photography doesn’t pay like it used to, either.

  2. It was probably just one of those kit cars that looks like a Rolls, but when you kick the tires (sorry, tyres) they go flat.


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