Monday, April 28, 2014

Who's For Dinner? An Outlier From The Bookshelf...;-)

Flesh & Blood - A History of the Cannibal Complex


I have no idea when I bought this book but I remember that it was at one of the Madras Book Fairs back when it used to be at the Qaid-E-Millat College Grounds opposite The (then) Connemara.

I must admit that it is a very informative book. AND, has some very rare illustrations that we might never come across, otherwise.


The Crown Jewel In My Collection Of Soviet Children's Books

This is the absolute gem amongst all those beautiful books from the USSR.

A 1975 book, with cut-out, pop-up illustrations.

Real 3-D!

The complete title given on the back cover is "A TALE ABOUT A WAR SECRET, ABOUT THE BOY NIPPER-PIPPER, AND HIS WORD OF HONOUR".

It has 4 pages of text and 6 fabulous double-spread cut-out, pop-up illustrations. The design is so exquisite that in the first 2 illustrations there are common elements from the other page.

Not sure if that makes sense....hmm..

as in, the soldiers in the 1st picture, in the street outside, seen through the windows, become the main element of the 2nd illustration while we see the inside of the house through the window from the street....?

Check it out. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Some Children's Books From The USSR

I bought this bunch of vintage soviet children's books quite recently - 2005/2006, if I remember right - on the MG Road pavement, Bangalore.

They were/are all in near mint condition. When I checked with the same guy a few months later, there were none left. :-(

They are from the 1970's and 80's. They are all English translations, published and printed  in the USSR.

Most of them have exquisite artwork.

I'll share the remaining ones from this bunch later.

Enjoy! (I think the images are clickable, as in you get full screen images if you double-click on them.) Cheers.

Some More Contemporary Indian Matchboxes

Some of these may be repeats. I mainly wanted to share a couple of new ones that I picked up in Shirdi and Pune (Power and Royal Kamal).