So many books that I don't even know what I have anymore. The book, The Case of the Philosophers' Ring, that I mentioned in my last post as one I would like to track down? It dawned on me that I already own it. Picked it up years ago and it has been sitting in a pile of unread Sherlockian pastiches in my study. This was not the first time I discovered I already owned a book. It's worse when I actually purchase a book, then realize I had it all along.
Case of the Philosophers' Ring (I'm surprised the American edition wasn't changed to Case of the Sorcerers' Ring) looks even more intriguing now that's it's in my hands. Not only are Bertrand Russell and Wittgenstein present, but also the rest of the Cambridge Apostles, G.H. Hardy, John Maynard Keynes, etc. But that's not all! Two of the Bloomsbury set, Lytton Strachey and Virginia Woolf, join the fray, as well as creepy Aleister Crowley and the "Scarlet Woman," Leila Waddell. The book is well designed, too, including images of the historical participants. Here's the front cover of the dustjacket.