An “Out of My Reach” Book Wishlist to St. Nick

24 Festive Tasks: Door 14 – St. Nicholas’ Day / Sinterklaas, Task 1:

Write a book wish list to St. Nick / Santa Claus for books that you’ve been eyeing but can’t justify the expense of purchasing.  (E.g., art books? Collector’s editions? Boxed sets?)


Dear Saint Nick, it would be really nice if one of these years I’d find some of these under my Christmas tree:

  • The Oxford Companion to the Book
  • The Henry Irving Shakespeare editions (all 8 volumes)
  • Granville Barker’s Prefaces to Shakespeare (the complete set)
  • Will and Ariel Durant’s History of Civilization (all 11 volumes)
  • Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey / Maturin novels (all 20 volumes completed by O’Brian — I can do without the unfinished 21st one)
  • Jacob Burckhardt’s Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy
  • … and last but not least, the two-volume Norton Anthology of Literature by Women


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