Monday, June 09, 2008

Ewww!


Early Church History: read, marked, and inwardly digested---BY INSECTS! Well, actually, BY INSECT LARVAE!


One of the dangers of a home library here in the Tropics is the problem of ravening insects. This morning, in preparation for spending my day-off writing about St. Ephrem of Edessa, I discovered that nasty, nasty termites (known here in Panama as wood ants) have devoured my copy of Saints And Sinners In The Early Church: Differing And Conflicting Traditions In The First Six Centuries by W.H.C. Frend. While I was not going to use this book in my research, I am very sad to have lost it as it's a great book! And now I've got to take every book off every shelf in every bookcase to look for more of the nasty, nasty tings.

Friggin' bugs!

14 comments:

Grandmère Mimi said...

Padre, I am sad for you. I am a book lover, too. I became a librarian when libraries were still about books, rather than computers. God bless you in your labors on behalf of your books.

Doorman-Priest said...

My sentiments too. An unexpected loss, however small, is a source of sadness.

susan s. said...

How can you treat the area to prevent these things? Or can you?

Jane R said...

Oh, ick, I was going to ask whether there was some kind of spray or something. So sorry!

Jane R said...

P.S. alibris.com has a coupla used copies (cheapest is from a bookseller in the UK, but there are two other reasonable ones from US booksellers).

Let us know how the rest of the collection is.

And I thought we had problems here with humidity and moldiness.

Lapinbizarre said...

this may help:

http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL?bi=1113272620&isbn=0800616154

Padre Mickey said...

Thanks, lapinbizarre; they didn't attack that book. Thanks also to everyone else for the suggestions. I've seen the book available on Amazon. I've lost my notes in the margin, but that's the way it goes!

Lapinbizarre said...

Oh dear, not paying attention again, am I? This site, Bookfinder.com, is invaluable for any out of print titles (paperbacks thru' rare books) and quite a few in-print items:

http://www.bookfinder.com/

Recommended to all.

Paul said...

Lo siento, padrecito. ¡Qué desastre!

Anonymous said...

Show no mercy...


Valdimired Hoopingworth

David |däˈvēd| said...

Ricardo! Yea, he has resurfaced.

Dennis said...
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Dennis said...

yuck. Spray lots of poison all over everything! Kill everything in sight! Kill Kill Kill!

Caminante said...

Mais c'est absolument déguelasse.

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