I’m not perfect; I have my share of trouble with the Ten Commandments, and this morning I tripped over Number Ten: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”
“Or anything that is your neighbor’s” – what a catch-all. For me, “anything” today includes a book a neighbor in this global village owns, and I want it.
I covet Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, illustrated by Arthur Rackham, published by William Heinemann in London in 1907, and rebound by Chris Lewis of Bath, England, circa 1980. Behold Lewis’ multicolored reproduction of Rackham’s ‘A Mad Tea Party’ inlaid on the emerald morocco cover, with double gilt fillets and gilt ornamented raised bands. Oh, baby.