This weekend, the Book Bazaar at 10 Selby Street, Shenton Park has a half-price sale running until 5pm today and from 10am to 2pm tomorrow (Saturday) morning. During the sale paperback fiction sells for $1 each. This store is also normally open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 3.30pm. The huge array of books have mostly been discarded by the State Library and are all in good condition. If you can’t make it this weekend, the next sale will be held on 20 and 21 April 2018.
The Book Bazaar is run by the Spine and Limb Foundation Inc.
Another personal family item from the Corsini Collection on show at the Art Gallery of Western Australia (see previous blog) is this book of watercolours by Amerigo Corsini who died in 1853 at the young age of 18.
The Art Gallery of Western Australia in central Perth is holding an exhibition of paintings from the Palazzo Corsini in Florence, Italy. Along with some masterpieces by Caravaggio, Tintoretto and Botticelli, the exhibition also has some more personal items that belong to the Corsini family, including this late 19th century book with recipes that have been hand written by Antonietta Corsini.
The Wesley’s Chapel is just opposite the Bunhill Fields Burial Ground (see previous blogs). Adjoining the chapel are the Museum of Methodism and John Wesley’s House. The famous preacher died in the house and is buried in a tomb at the rear of the chapel.
Another great 17th century and into the 18th century writer is laid to rest in Bunhill Fields Burial Ground. Daniel Defoe, the author of “Robinson Crusoe”, like Bunyan, was sometimes in prison although for an entirely different reason. He was often in debtors’ prison and was possibly in hiding from creditors at the time of his death in 1731.
John Bunyan spent most of his life in Bedford (see previous posts), but he died while on a visit to London and was buried in the Bunhill Fields Burial Ground.
The village of Elstow, south of Bedford, has many connections with John Bunyan. He was born at Harrowden in the parish of Elstow and christened in the parish church on 30 November 1628. The church has a stained glass window depicting a scene from the Pilgrim’s Progress. The village’s other claim to fame is its medieval Moot Hall which houses a museum of 17th century life.
Getting to Elstow is not easy – ask at the visitor information at Bedford bus station for the bus number and timetable.
This larger than life-sized statue of John Bunyan is in the centre of Bedford on the corner of High Street and St Peter’s Street.
In St Cuthbert’s Street, not far from the John Bunyan Museum (see previous posts), is the site of the house where Bunyan lived from 1655.
John Bunyan began writing “The Pilgrim’s Progress” while in the Bedfordshire county gaol, where he was imprisoned for holding illegal religious services outside of the established Church of England.
A plaque on the riverside indicates the sight of Bunyan’s imprisonment as “on the shallow east of the third pier of the bridge”.