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STRANGE BOOKS [SUB ITA]

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Hi guys it’s Debbie and as you can see
we’re over in the book corner, because today we are speaking about books. In
particular my more uncommon, unusual, weird books. I don’t have a huge library-sized collection of books and some are pretty plain and common, but over the
course of time these shelves have expanded to include all sorts of works. I’ve never
been on the lookout for one specific style of book, that is why this is a
rather eclectic collection. I don’t mean I’m suddenly going to show you a
centuries-old Quran or the first original handwritten manuscript from
from the Harry Potter books, but there are quite a few interesting things here,
they’re all unique in their own way and some of them even turned out to be
pretty rare. So I thought I’d share everything with you. Now I’m sure that
you own books which are way more unusual, rare, odd, peculiar than the ones I own, so
make sure to leave a comment down below letting me know what you think about all the
books I show you and what’s hiding on your shelves! Now let’s dive into the
pile of books. The first publication I’d like to show you is this one here…
“Histoire de France”. This book is over 130 years old. This book was published
when lightbulbs were being invented. This was published
like 15 years before tea bags were invented. And I found it… in the trash. Yep,
you heard me right. In the trash! During my last year of high school I went on a
trip to France to a town called Nice. It’s a very nice town, it’s a popular
tourist seaside town, so it’s very clean the aren’t piles of garbage left around,
they’re just a regular big dustbins outside the houses. But next to one of
these dustbins was a crate filled with all sorts of books, of course put there
to be thrown away with the general trash. And we stopped to look at those
books and we realised they were ridiculously old! Old books are not
uncommon, at home most of us have books belonging to grandparents/parents
so dated back to the 40s, 50s sometimes even 30s. But that’s still
pushing on to 90 years. So we couldn’t believe we were
finding books belonging to the 1800s basically… in the trash. Unfortunately we
were running late so we didn’t have time to have a good look through the books, we
sort had to blindly pick and I eventually came home with this one. Now
after having a look through it I discovered this as a textbook, a school
book owned by a certain miss Henriette Allons. It’s a history of France
manual for elementary school kids. I wish it had more notes in it but it only has a
series of crosses and what looks like a doodle in the shape of a bird on the
back. But it does have a map of France and the surrounding area at the time and
the history of France is covered until 1887, the rest was all future for them.
Unfortunately this book is in very bad conditions and I think this is probably
the main reason for which it wasn’t kept, for which it was being thrown away. But
it’s still pretty interesting! Another interesting book is one that I included
on today’s list mostly because of how rare it is. But if you are from the UK
you might also have a copy of this, and it’s probably worth a bit. Now although
this sounds like the introduction to a signed copy of a Charles Dickens novel,
this is a book you will probably recognise from something you might have
just recently streamed on Amazon Prime Video. As a matter of fact this little
rare find is nothing more than the original “Fantastic Beasts and Where to
find them”. In the world of Harry Potter “Fantastic Beasts and Where to
find them” is a manual of magical creatures compiled by Newt Scamander, an explorer
and lover of magical beasts. Throughout the Harry Potter saga the manual is
quoted many times and recently there has been a film series focusing only on the
fantastic beasts segment of the Harry Potter world. And the writer of the Harry
Potter books, JK Rowling, also wrote a real-life version of the book. This
version of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them” was published around 20 years
ago, when the Harry Potter saga was just beginning to have a huge success and it
was sold for about 2£, a part of which then went to charity. But fast
forward two decades later and a 30+ billion dollar worth franchise, they
have become very rare finds. Up until a few years ago book shops were still
selling reprints of the original copies, but they were then withdrawn from the
market to create a new version which included more information based on the
new film saga, so this made the previous copies even harder to find. This little
“Fantastic Beasts and Where to
find them” book is peculiar because it’s made to
look like Harry Potter’s actual copy of the book, with his note scribbled across
the page along with notes by Ron and Hermione and references to their experiences. For example the opening page has this written: “Shared by Ron Weasley
because his fell apart”
“Why don’t you buy a new one then? Write on your own book (Hermione)
“You bought all those dungbombs on Saturday, you could have bought a new
book instead”
“Dungbombs rule” Then there are scribbles
and games and various jokes, for example on one page there is a reference to an
animal that Hagrid had. Hagrid is a character in the Harry Potter saga who
has an extreme passion for fantastic beasts, especially dangerous ones.
But all across the book there are various references to experiences the
characters had throughout their years at Hogwarts. To make it look even more like
Harry Potter’s original copy, even the price on the back is indicated first in
pounds, so £2,50 and then in the Wizarding World currency, so in
Sickles and Knuts. You can still find some of the original copies online, most of
them are the reprints and then of course there are thousands of copies of the new
version. Unfortunately my copy is VERY battered, but if you’re from the UK and
you were a Harry Potter fan back at the time, have a rummage through your
childhood belongings, because if you have this, it’s worth a bit. Another little
booklet I’d like to quickly mention and that you might have, is a “Quidditch
Through the Ages”, another book that existed in the Harry Potter world and
which was recreated in real life. You can see how many characters from the Harry
Potter saga took it out from the library and most of them are characters who are
related to the Wizarding sport of Quidditch,
for example Oliver Wood. Now when I was speaking about these works
you heard me use the words “worth a lot”. And yes, these books are very requested,
they are worth quite a bit. But “worth a lot” doesn’t only mean money.
Basically any old book is worth something online, you just have to wait
long enough. But the worth in money is not always the most meaningful aspect of
a book or any object in general. The real worth is the personal value you give to
a certain object. And if you ARE speaking of money, usually the books that
are worth the most are the most random ones. See these two old battered books?
They are novels based on the Jurassic Park and Ninja Turtles worlds. They’re
about 30 years old, they’re from the 90s (which no wasn’t 10
years ago) and probably sell online for under $10. But if these were to be in
good/new condition, they would sell for over $100 each. And they look like
something you would pick for £1 at the charity shop. They probably worth
something our mum picked £1 at the charity shop. But then that same time
to prove how worth is relative, I have a lot of Enid Blyton books. Enid Blyton was
a famous writer, a children’s writer and I have many other works, including a
collection from her “Famous Five”. They’re all volumes from the 70s, 80s at
the latest, so they are half a century old. But even one of these in good conditions of is sold for 5 bucks. You would never imagine that this is worth 20
times more. Anyway, so worth is relative, money is relative, let’s move on to more
odd books. So you may have noticed, if the background is not too blurry, that a lot
of these titles are in another language. That is because I’m half Italian, I live
in Italy. So a lot of these books are in Italian. But there are some other ones in
other languages, for example in German because I studied German for many years. I
quickly mentioned earlier the story of the guy who sold his soul to the devil….
that was actually a German book we were given to study during high school in
Italy. I always see these posts online of people getting really triggered about
what children are apparently being told in schools nowadays. But in Italy it’s
perfectly normal to be taught all sorts of weird random things, it becomes part
of your general culture. You might walk into a class and spend a whole hour
covering really depressing poems about death and corpses or
about really intense sexual stories. There was one time our whole
year was gathered together in one room to watch” Trainspotting” as a part of an
anti-drug campaign and another time a police officer got us all together and
showed us real footage of people crashing their cars and dying. That was pretty effective… Like having first graders walking around town
picking trash up from the streets or having latin lessons sitting on the
grass outside the school because of an ongoing earthquake. And in our German
class we enjoyed reading books about men selling their souls to the devil. And I
still have that copy here with me, it’s not something incredibly rare but it’s
just something very weird to have… this story from the beginning of the 1800s in
order to improve our German conversation skills. But probably even more random is
this mammoth book here: “Bis zum Morgengrauen” which translated means “until dawn”.
But there is a play on words here which means “bite until dawn”. Because this is
“Twilight”. This is “Twilight” in German. In reality it was a very heartfelt gift
that was given to me by a girl, a German exchange student who hosted me in
her house close to Munich. But it’s just so random…
and huge. Now the next book I’m going to cover is a story which probably quite a few
of you have already heard about, but which I’m always found really peculiar,
because of what it actually speaks about. This book is weird. This is one of those
stories you read as a child and it’s fine, you reread it as an adult and think
“OK, this guy had a weird imagination!” I’m speaking about the lesser-known
sequel to “Charlie in the Chocolate Factory”,
“Charlie and the great glass elevator” Hear me out! So in the first and more famous chapter Charlie is a very poor kid, who along
with a group of various other kids is given the opportunity to enter and
explore a huge a mysterious chocolate factory, owned by an equally mysterious
man… Willy Wonka. Willy Wonka’s factory isn’t exactly user-friendly and the kids
get trapped in all sorts of adventures. Fast forward to the
next book and Charlie and his grandpa travel outside the factory with Willy
Wonka, inside a glass elevator… which is basically like a little spaceship but it’s
just completely transparent. They set off exploring the things…. and that’s where it
gets weird. I don’t want to reveal too much because this is a good read, but the
characters meet huge weird space worms, there are odd potions which do very
debatable things to your body, there are even a few chapters which cover creepy
concepts about the spirit and afterlife and what we are before life, are we
actually something..? And so on. I always thought Roald Dahl, the author had a
weird imagination but in a beautiful way. A lot of the stories he came up with
look like something would be that would belong to a 60s psychedelic party. “The
Big Friendly Giant” is a weirdly narrated but beautiful story of a huge giant, who
instead of eating humans as all the other giants in the story do, during the
night sucks dreams from people with a trumpet. “George’s Marvelous Medicine” is
another story by Roald Dahl, which would never be able to have the same success
nowadays, as the main character decides he is too annoyed with his
grumpy grandma and as a punishment he feeds her concoction of floor polish,
shampoo, engine oil, antifreeze, brown paint… you name it. It’s fantastic, it’s
wonderful but you can clearly see why now in 2020 this could never exist on
any child-friendly YouTube channel. So although “Charlie and the Great glass
elevator” is probably well more well known than all the other titles on
today’s list, I’ve always thought of this as something really weird. And I thought this
was my one and only chance to speak about it with someone. And if you think
about it, it’s never been covered as much as “Charlie and the Chocolate
Factory”… which got three film adaptations! Even one with Johnny Depp! The next book
on this degenerating list, which you probably expected to be something
completely different (centuries old Quran or JK Rowling’s first hand written
manuscript of Harry Potter), anyway the next book is something you might like if
you’re into really weird stuff… but with an open mindset. Not
in the rubbernecking an accident mindset. Because the next
book is about serial killers. Now you can actually find a ton of
material about serial killers out there, mostly because of the morbid popularity
of the topic. There’s everything from podcasts to Netflix documentaries,
but a lot of these play on the sensational aspect of it, the
popularity of the goriness. And we’ve all been victims of that morbid
curiosity. But this book here is more of a “Ok, I guess you have questions about
serial killers. Questions you’re a bit embarrassed to ask in front of other
people. You know, the creepy, real creepy questions… Fire away! We have all the answers! Including photos!”
This book is basically an A to Z manual about murders
and specifically serial murders. And it basically tries to explain why a certain
fantasy or desire makes sense in a killer’s mind. A lot of times when we hear
certain things our immediate reaction is “OMG that is unthinkable!”
And it is. But what this book is trying to do is “Hang on a minute. What’s the mental process that’s going through these people’s minds? Why are they doing that?
What’s the desire they have to do it? How could that desire ever be born? Why is
this person finding pleasure in doing unthinkable things? Are there
similarities with other killers?” The book is compiled by Harold Schechter, who
specialises in true crime and it includes passages from previous studies
on serial killing, as well as statements from…. basically the people of “Mindhunter”,
so the actual FBI agents who back at the time stopped the mentality of “Don’t even
try to talk to that killer, he’s just crazy, let’s lock him, up forget about him
and hope it never happens again” to “Ok, he’s crazy, lock him up, but before
forgetting about him let’s talk to him, figure out what he’s crazy about and
that way we can probably catch the next crazy guy”. The most uncommon and weird
aspect of this book is the fact that it includes graphic details of the world of
serial killing, so it includes sketches drawn by
serial killers fantasising about what they would like to do to a body, what they
have done to bodies in the past, there are comic books about what these killers
think about the society outside, there are transcripts of interrogations, there are
photos that they took of their victims…. There is a lot of information, even
x-rays of their bodies and what they did to themselves.. in order to reach pleasure.
This is not a book you’d pick up because “OMG
serial killers are so interesting! I’m just going to watch this like 30-minute
documentary on YouTube”. NO. So you’ve got to have quite an open mind towards it. Now
as we are coming to the end of the video, always ending on a positive tone…
There are quite a few other notable mentions, for example there is a 70 year
old copy of the “Divine Comedy” which you if you’re Italian probably triggered
your traumatic high school memories. And then a kids book about alien Axl Rose
landing on top of an Egyptian pyramid inhabited by living mummies. Now I want
to know what’s sitting on your shelves! Probably books which are way more
interesting, uncommon than the ones on on my shelves. So make sure to leave a
comment down below letting me know what you thought about all these books and
what you have of interesting to show me. I hope you enjoyed this video, if you did
make sure to subscribe and I’ll see you in the next one, bye!

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8 thoughts on “STRANGE BOOKS [SUB ITA]”

  1. D. 2 Da says:

    Sei sempre più bella

  2. Signor Hawks says:

    A parte avermi ricordato che devo rileggermi il G.G.G. Ti segnalo che nella mia libreria ci stanno:
    Una copia comprata in un mercatino delle pulci in Inghilterra di "anarchist cockbook"
    Un libro scritto dal mio prof di filosofia riguardante il fatto che se una persona venga guardata troppo questa si sgretoli.

    Per il resto ottimo video, ci starebbe molto bene come format qualcosa sulla letteratura.

  3. Francesco Esposito FrankEs says:

    Bel video! Spero che tratterai ancora di libri in futuro. Comunque l'unica copia rara di un libro nella mia libreria è "Ossessione" di Stephen King! Si tratta, come molti già sapranno, di un libro ritirato dal mercato dallo stesso autore in quanto fu trovato nell'armadietto di alcuni ragazzi che avevano commesso delle stragi a scuola con armi da fuoco. Il libro è interessantissimo ed è un vero peccato sia sparito dalla circolazione!

  4. Jean T-boerning Le Baià says:

    Amazing Debbie!!!!very interesting video!!!! Great Job!!
    I would suggest two cheapest and funny books….the first is the dazzlingly brilliant " The Tales of Beedle the Bard" (le fiabe di beda il Bardo), aye, popular book price…I know, however that's a good literature designated to H. Potter fans , where it's possible to discover and deepen the 'The Tale of the Three Brothers', and understand the crucial role it played in Harry Potter.A little bit Mischievous and witty, these tales are a deeply satisfying read in the tradition of all great fables and fairy tales!!

    And I would advise the other one "Then We Came to the End" (e poi siamo arrivati alla fine), that novel set at a Chicago ad agency to began of this century, 'cause this novel is for anyone who chuckles over "routine", we can see Office Space life. Then "We Came to the End" is a vicious send-up of cubicle culture that somehow manages not to lose sight of its characters' humanity…

    Thanks Debbie, absolutely great job!!

    See you around!

  5. Te Pepe says:

    Thought about making a video taking about ya favourite music/albums etc?

  6. Maqroll Ilgabbiere says:

    I would like to meet you for a coffee….

  7. Maqroll Ilgabbiere says:

    I am Italian….I live in Queens…

  8. Xavier1927 says:

    This was mildly interesting, thank you Debby.

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