The book I am reading currently is set in two parallel worlds that I barely know anything about. These are the world of book collectors and the world of horse racing. I am learning a lot about both these fields. The icing on the cake is that the book also involves a murder mystery (my favourite recreational reading).
For me, a book is something to be read and enjoyed for pleasure or for learning. I have never really thought of a book as a “thing” or an object to collect. This book deals with first editions and limited editions, their antique value and collectible status. I have learned several new terms:
(or bookman), which I previously knew as bibliophile.
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A bookplate (or book-plate, as it was commonly styled until the early 20th century), also known as ex-librīs (Latin for “from the books (or library)”), is usually a small printed or decorative label pasted into a book, often on the front endpaper, to indicate ownership.
Ginney: A groom; a corruption of the English “Guinea,” which in days past was the traditional award to the groom of a winner.
Hot Walker: A stable hand who leads a horse around the shed row or walking ring in the “cooling out” process following a race or a workout. Walking hots is usually the first job given a novice stable employee.