From the archive
A couple of weeks ago I posted on my blog the cover art for a 1959 Penguin edition of J.-K. Huysmans’ Against Nature, in ‘a new translation by Robert Baldick’ and featuring a particular savage art-nouveau sphinx emblazoned on its front. The book also yielded a bus ticket pressed between pages 105 and 106, near the end of chapter VIII, suggesting that the reader set the copy aside and never picked it up again. Beyond the fact that it’s a London Transport issue and cost the traveller seven old pence, I can make nothing of it. Does anyone know how to read a bus ticket? I’m curious to know any details about what the route may have been, where the unknown reader boarded the bus and how far seven pence would have taken him. I reproduce this particularly intriguing found object above in the hope that someone might be able to interpret it for me.