Treasure in a Christmas Box

      A couple of weeks ago whilst rooting around looking for Christmas related 'stuff' I found this little bit of treasure. The Penguin Book was a bought in charity shop in Middlesbrough in the sixties and then forgotten despite at least five or six flat and house moves. Like all rooting around for stuff something catches your eye and forty-five minutes later you're still there engrossed in your new 'find'. What about that lovely Albertus type for the title too.
      Typee was written by Herman Melville and first published by Penguin Illustrated Classics in 1938, this a first edition too, but it's the illustrator that is the key to the excitement generated by the find. The book is illustrated with wood engravings by Robert Gibbings. It's a little gem that has lain hidden in a box just waiting to be re-discovered.
      A little New Year reading found at Christmas, that works for me.