One of the things I love about second-hand books is their history.

Usually that takes the form of a dedication, writing in the margins, or perhaps something unusual tucked into the pages, maybe as a bookmark, or just to keep safe.

This book* I bought yesterday was clearly once tied up with a bundle of others and the sun has left the mark of the string on the cover.

For some reason I love it more than if the book was unblemished.

*It is The Biology of Fungi, Bacteria & Viruses – Greta B Stevenson for anyone who might be interested.