Also known as: “The Book, capital T, capital B.”
Emily describes her father’s journal:
The old book was heavy and thick. The bluish cover was worn with a faded, gold-embossed ‘S’ pressed into the center…
…Then I noticed the lock. It reminded me of those old drugstore diaries with a tiny lock and key designed to keep out snooping siblings and nosy mothers.
The book was a treasure trove of sketches, hand-drawn maps, and a lot of departure and arrival dates. Some pages consisted of nothing but strings of numbers… …handwritten notes about the places my father traveled to, the people he met – or planned to meet – and even some of the items he picked up on these trips. The word ‘Delivered’ was written by shipments ranging from tea to jewelry. Other pages contained lists with cryptic notes jotted in the margins such as: ‘Not available after The Split’ or ‘Available to Senior Salesmen only.’
Emily’s best friend and rare book expert Tara Parker-Jones observes during her examination:
“The book is five and a half inches by seven inches and three inches thick.”
“Worn blue cover, fabric, with a gold embossed ‘S’ … …No marks on spine. No other embossment or lettering on the outside of book. The book is sealed shut by a small brass lock. Lock is very old and tarnished, but seems to be sturdy… …Blank pages in beginning of book. No publisher or copyright information. As expected, the book appears to be a journal. The pages are aged, some yellowing – nothing appreciable. They are not brittle. Pages appear to be made from cotton fibers.”
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