Every once in a while, I stop by the flea markets to look for books to add to my literature collection. There’s only so much space I have to store them, let alone time to read them, so I try to restrain myself. This usually works out well since I have quite peculiar tastes. I may be a bibliophile, but that doesn’t mean I’m going to fall for just any book. I also usually leave language books alone; those have been my first priority for such a long time that I have no real interest in adding any more.
So, today it was time to do it again. I always feel like I’m hunting for a treasure, because you spend your time going from one place to the other, digging through a lot of crap to find the real gold (if you’re even that lucky). I went to a couple of schools which have had some interesting books on offer in the past, but no real luck. The final stop was the main public library.
Not the place I would normally go to buy books, but the advertised “spring cleaning” was intriguing enough, and it was this day only.
The end result was a bit of light reading and a bit of heavy reading. The light reading was a book about new religious movements (or “cults” as I tend to call them), but what really caught my attention was a complete collection of Deutsche Schachzeitung from 1900. Apart from being the first German chess magazine, it was at one time the oldest existing magazine in the world.