… is that they induce you to buy even more research books.
Earlier this day I read the chapter “Boys and Girls Come out to Play” in Ackroyd’s London Encyclopedia, which, as the title clearly suggests, deals with children in London as well as children’s games, songs and rhymes. Inspired, I dug out my copy of Iona and Peter Opie’s The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes to find further information on some of the rhymes Ackroyd mentions. (Sometimes it becomes glaringly obvious how much I enjoyed studying folklore! *g*) And there, in turn, I found a reference to Gammer Gurton’s Garland, apparently a collection of nursery rhymes from 1810. “Ha!” I thought. “A Regency collection of nursery rhymes!” So, of course, I had to check it out. And of course, since there was one really cheap reprint from the 1970s available on abebooks (a bargain compared to the other copies listed!), I had to buy it. And since there was also a very cheap edition of Norman Douglas’ London Street Games (mentioned by Ackroyd) available, I just had to …. well, you get the drift.
But the real problem is that only 14 months after I moved into the new flat there is no more shelf space left.
And no room for more bookshelves.