by Catriona Mills

Little Treasures: Part Three

Posted 25 March 2011 in by Catriona

Once we’d had time to look through (and swiftly re-pack) the Little Golden Books that Nick’s mother passed on to us, we rummaged through the other enormous box of books (knowing that there was at least one, if not two, more still waiting in her entranceway for us).

And that’s where we found the real treasures:

Sure, I normally prefer to read books that are slightly more in focus than this, but Asterix is Asterix, fuzzy or otherwise. And look how those books have been loved: half to death, poor darlings.

But then there are these magnificent creatures:

These are Nick’s father’s hardcover Tintin books, from the 1950s and early 1960s, and they are gorgeous, from their red cloth spines to their thick, matte pages. It’s not a complete set, but each one is a gem.

I promised Nick that these would go on a shelf, not in a box in the garage. Now it’s only a matter of deciding which books currently on the shelf will be sacrificed to make space. Whichever books draw the short straw, I hope they realise it’s nothing personal: we can’t all be vintage Tintins.

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Matt wrote at Mar 28, 11:35 PM

I loved Tin Tin when I was a kid. I borrowed all the ones they had at the local council library and used to bug the librarian to buy more. I also used to trace the drawings into scrap books or any large piece of paper I could find. Aside from Tin Tin and snowy, I loved the Thompson Twins and Captain Haddock (BILLIONS OF BLUE BLISTERING BARNACLES!)

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h wrote at Mar 30, 01:07 AM

ahhhhh Asterix. I borrowed them on a sort of constantly-rotating basis from the library. never got into Tintin though.

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Catriona wrote at Mar 30, 01:33 AM

I found (and still find) Tintin thoroughly charming. I remember, particularly fondly, one panel where a villain had thrown a message through the window attached to a brick. But due to some unfortunately forced perspective, it looked as though he’d thrown Snowy through a window attached to a brick.

Though Nick and I are sadly (and pretentiously) re-training ourselves to pronounce it “Tantan” (or close to, anyway), since Nick’s dad’s turned out to be curiously stubborn and passionate on the subject of this pronunciation (including telling us a story of correcting some poor New Zealand shop assistant on the pronunciation when he was all of about ten).

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