Beware the peacock

This post was written by Friday blogger Annie Reid.

The esteemed proprietor of Languor Management sends our way a story of a book with a history nearly as tainted as the Hope Diamond:

The original copy, often referred to as The Book Wonderful or The Great Omar, took two years to make, and sank with the Titanic in 1912. Its creator, Francis Sangorski, drowned in a bathing accident six weeks later. The second copy took Stanley Bray six years to recreate from Sangorski’s original drawings, and was destroyed in the London Blitz…
When asked about the book’s tragic history soon before his death, Bray said: “I am not in the least bit superstitious – even though they do say that the peacock is a symbol of disaster.”


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