Watkins Books…

I enjoy book shops and libraries. I have spent many a happy hour in the libraries at University College London, The Royal Society of Chemistry and the Chemistry Department library in Bern. That was back in the days of paper. Do you even remember paper? I was a librarian’s dream, particularly in Bern. I got her to source multiple inter library loans and photocopies. There is nothing that a librarian likes more than to be helpful! They like to be detectives. She was very good and {obvs.} efficient.

I bought my two additions of The Secret Doctrine here at Watkins Books in Cecil Court, London. My mini-statue of Avalokiteśvara was sourced near opposite. I had a long discussion on the chemistry of patinas with the shop owner.

Anyone delving into the available knowledge should pay a visit if they can. It has a really nice feel.

I first went there in 2000. I felt slightly naughty. A scientist visiting an “occult” bookshop. Luckily I was not struck down by lightning.

I used to visit about four or five times a year.

Yah, that is one of the few things I miss being here…I’ll have to search for a French equivalent, there must be one, somewhere…