John House, the eminent scholar of nineteenth century French art, died early last year. When I was getting my lunch in Spitalfields Market today, I found a stall selling off part of his library for a pound or two a book! The stallholder said that he'd just bought a couple of boxes from a library of about 4.000 volumes. I got his father's school Latin prize (Walter Pater's Appreciations, with an Essay on Style), a 1940s pamphlet on Manet's Olympia, a handful of exhibition catalogues and some old art history and theory books like Hans Jauss's rather formidable-sounding Towards an Aesthetic of Literary Reception. I love to unearth old books like these, bringing to life historic debates and giving a misty glipse of old exhibitions.