The Untenability of the Pukka

I think the aims of fiction book-collecting prove the untenability of the pukka. 

Books are artefacts that are made of paper or cardboard, some with appended ink marks called signatures – some lighter or heavier in words depending on whether the publisher gives more or less fiction for each edition of the book.

Or, by analogy, musical sounds or varying performances of the same musical notation, and none of them the collectable noumenon.

The collectable noumenon is in the eye or ear of the beholder and if the beholders consider it the collectable noumenon for them, fair enough, and then they will pay for it as much as they think it is worth or as much as its ‘manufacturer’ makes them think it is worth, with the transient side dishes of supply and demand and changing tastes.

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