Afterwards, msmemory and I indulged our bibliomania at MacIntyre and Moore, IMO the best used bookstore anywhere. They have a lot of good sections, but they stand out in Medieval and Renaissance studies, both literature and history. Over the years, they've gone from two five-foot tall bookcases of period books to something like seven eight-footers. I tried to keep myself focused on vaguely useful stuff, so I only picked up five volumes:
- The Wakefield Pageants in the Towneley Cycle, as research materials for if I ever sit down and actually write my play (which has a play-within-a-play of the worst passion play ever performed);
- At Play in the Tavern, a book about the social import of gaming in taverns, which looks to be worthwhile for the bibliography alone;
- and three volumes of The Muqaddimah, a rambling fourteenth-century Arabic book of history, philosophy and everything else, with side discourses on subjects as diverse as alchemy and linguistics.