Gunning for itBMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39601.509942.59 (Published 05 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1313
- Theodore Dalrymple, writer and retired doctor
Having reached the age of wishing for fewer rather than more possessions, I still covet only one class of material object: antiquarian books of special interest.
To assist me in this irrational pursuit, several booksellers kindly send me their catalogues, which I pore over with fevered pleasure. Why books that were once held by historical figures should be so desirable to me, I leave to psychologists to discover; suffice it to say that recently I wanted desperately an early edition (1766, no place of publication) of Voltaire’s Treatise on Toleration.
I wanted it because it had once belonged to the great French gynaecologist and supporter …