Friday, June 29, 2012

A New Find...

For a few years we have driven by an old bookshop here in Nashville, invariably it was closed.  Today, we made our plan to visit, knowing we'd be in the area during business hours. After a quick breakfast, we babbled on over to the bookstore hoping it to be as good as our imaginations had surmised-  "Elder's Bookstore - Tennessee's Oldest and Finest", that's what the card reads -after our short seventy minute visit and a grocery bag of books -we vehemately agree.  We made many finds, our eyes were definately bigger than our pocketbook and the fact, we really did leave with a Harris Teeter bag full of finds, attests to our delish choice to eat rice and beans or whatever else is already in the cupboard, for the week, to feast on printed page.  What fun!

The great trust between man and man is the of trust of giving Cousell.  For in the other confidences men commit parts of their life; their lands, their goods, their children, their credit, some particular affaire; but to such, as they make their Counsellours, they commit the whole: by how much the more they are obligated to all faith and integrity.  The wisest Princes need not thinke it an diminution to the greatnesses, or derogation to their sufficiency, to rely upon Counsell.  God himelfs is not without; but hath made it one of the great names of his blessed Sonne; The Counsellor.  ...Principis est virtus maxima nosse suos... The true composition of a Counsellor, is rather to be skilful in their master's business, then in his nature; for then he is like to advise him, and not feed his humours. -Francis Bacon The Effayes - Of Counsell
We picked up a leather bound copy of this, by Easton Press, along with a copy of Donne's poetry and Moby Dick for K.  We also got a few old copies of other books - Boswell's biography of Samuel Johnson and some sermons.  It was a delightful, productive hunt...one I am sure we'll repeat as soon as our pocketbook rebounds.  Have you gleened from this post, that if you ever visit Nashville, you should make the trip to Ellingston Place to find Elder's - you should - you definately should.

2 comments:

Trisha said...

This sounds delightful! Oh, how I miss TN, too. We used to live in Knoxville. :) Thank you for sharing about this delightful bookstore. You never know...one day I might know the pleasure of perusing those shelves for treasure.

Debbie Crawford said...

I came across one in Chattanooga several years ago. I have a Kindle but there is nothing like holding a book in your hands.