Friday, November 29, 2013

A Biblio-Pig To Serve Your Book Needs

by Stephen J. Gertz

Fetch me Moore's Porcine Husbandry, Biblio-Pig.
That's a good boy. Bring it here.

I like pigs.
Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us.
Pigs treat us as equals
(Winston Churchill)

Lew Jaffe, The Man With the Bookplate Jones, is holding a contest on his blogsite, Confessions of a Bookplate Junkie, to seek from collectors the most interesting bookplate featuring an animal. The example above is entry No. 8, starring a pig who we shall call Murgatroyd as personal book servant/librarian. Currently in progress, the competition will run through midnight, EST, New Years Eve 2013. Entries must be from your own collection with only one entry per person.

All animals, real or cryptids, are eligible, including unicorns; Nessie; Sasquatch; the Brosno Dragon; Malambo, the face-eating brain-sucker; the Abominable Snowman; Manananggai, the scourge of the Philippines who preys upon pregnant women and sucks the blood from their fetuses; the Minhoc√£o; the Mongolian death worm; the elusive Chupacabra; Bandersnatches; the Cheshire Cat; Marsh-wiggles; Mel, the kosher Jubjub bird absent from Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky because it was published on Yom Kippur and Jewish Jubjubs take that very seriously; Hobbits; and the Sunda Colugo, which is a real animal, the nocturnal Flying Lemur of Malaysia that does not fly and is not a lemur but spreads its patagium to glide from tree to tree and is not to be confused with Cynocephalus volans, the Philippine Flying Lemur, which also doesn't fly and isn't a lemur but whose flesh is considered a delicacy among Filipino gourmands who eschew Manananggais for obvious reasons.

The Grand Prize winner will receive a copy of They Call Me Naughty Lola: Personal Ads From the London Review of Books by David Rose, which documents the unusual mating calls of  book-obsessed animals seeking a Malambo for companionship, cuddles, and pas horizontales de deux with mutual face-eating.

Image courtesy of Lew Jaffe, the Bookplate Junkie, with our thanks.

Of Related Interest:

Bookplate Special On Menu At Bonham's

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