in a used copy of SILAS MARNER, by george eliot, discovere in a used bookstore in wiesbaden, deutschland:
Happy Reading, Olaf!
(too scribbled to be legible, perhaps a woman’s name)
Also, inside the book, a printing error looks like someone placed a band-aid over two lines of print where ink skips and restarts on the other side. two words, lost. both adjectives. both necessary for clarity.
a sign of a great book: a simple printing error over two little words decimates the clarity of a scene.
a book where every word is precise. very nice.