Treasure In A Timetable
It’s the kind of story I spend my life making up. In the late 1970s, a North London book dealer sold a box of second-hand books cheaply. Among them was a boring railway timetable no-one had bothered to leaf through. If they had, they’d have found it contained eight etchings produced by William Blake at the height of his powers. Nobody is sure how the missing etchings came to be inserted there, but when the buyer eventually opened the timetable, he recognised the value of its contents. Now the etchings are to go on display at the Tate Britain.