David Jones, artist and poet (1895-1974) begins his PREFACE TO THE ANATHEMATA :

'I have made a heap of all that I could find.' (1) So wrote Nennius, or whoever composed the introductory matter to Historia Brittonum. He speaks of an 'inward wound' which was caused by the fear that certain things dear to him 'should be like smoke dissipated'. Further, he says, 'not trusting my own learning, which is none at all, but partly from writings and monuments of the ancient inhabitants of Britain, partly from the annals of the Romans and the chronicles of the sacred fathers, Isidore, Hieronymous, Prosper, Eusebius and from the histories of the Scots and Saxons although our enemies . . . I have lispingly put together this . . . about past transactions, that [this material] might not be trodden under foot'. (2)

(1) The actual words are coacervavi omne quod inveni, and occur in Prologue 2 to the Historia.
(2) Quoted from the translation of Prologue 1. See The Works of Gildas and Nennius, J.A.Giles, London 1841.

07 September 2014


Albert Guillaume published three books of his drawings of military life, including 'Mes Campagnes' in 1896. A large number of these were re-published as postcards.
courtesy : The Debt Collection   
POST-SCRIPTUM is a poignant favorite. Postscript to an army life, the amputee postman doing his delivery rounds  à la carte (postale).
'Postman Joseph Roulin and the correspondents : 1888-2014' at West Space, November 2014.

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