"Entertaining, relocating, informative, intelligently hopeful: i do know of few different books like this one to hot the cockles of a booklover's heart." —Alberto Manguel
"For somebody who loves books too well—who lusts after them, lives in them, mainlines them—David Mason’s memoir may be a repair from heaven. Heartful, cantankerous, droll, his stories of honour and obsession within the alternate gratify the very book-love they painting. An impossible to resist read." —Dennis Lee
"An atmospheric, informative memoir by means of a Canadian vendor of used and infrequent books ... Gossipy, rambling and enthralling, alive with Mason’s love for books of each variety."—Kirkus Reviews
From his drug-hazy, book-happy years close to the Beat inn in Paris and all through his profession as antiquarian ebook broker, David Mason brings us a storied lifestyles. He discovers his love of literature in a tub at age 11, thumbing via stacks of lurid Signet paperbacks. At fifteen he’s expelled from university. For the following decade and a part, he'll paintings abnormal jobs, greenback all authority, purchase books extra usually than foodstuff, and drift round Europe. He’ll support gild a quantity in white morocco for Pope John XXIII. after which, on the age of 30, after returning domestic to Canada and apprenticing with Joseph Patrick Books, David Mason will locate his calling.
Over the process what's now a mythical overseas occupation, Mason exhibits unerring instincts for the good judgment of the alternate. He makes stable funds from Canadian variations, either valid and pirated (turns out Canadian piracies so incensed Mark Twain that he moved to Montreal for 6 months to realize copyright protection). He outfoxes the cousins of L.M. Montgomery at public sale and blackmails the pinnacle of the Royal Ontario Museum. He excoriates the bureaucratic pettiness that obstructs public acquisitions, he trumpets the ingenuity of creditors and scouts, and in documents all over the world he appraises background in its unsifted and such a lot relocating varieties. mainly, notwithstanding, David Mason boldly campaigns for what he feels is the ethical accountability of the antiquarian exchange: to maintain the background and traditions of all international locations, and to claim with out compromise that such histories have price.
Sly, gleaming, and endearingly gruff, The Pope's Bookbinder is an engrossing memoir by way of a huge within the e-book trade—whose infectious enthusiasm, human perception, advertisement shrewdness, and deadpan humour will pride bibliophiles for many years to come.