The International Book Fair in Krakow
In coming to this fair by foot we can see the history of this commonly used word of the Pedestrian.
For the first book fayres in England were held in the fairgrouds that were called a pye powder court .
This came from the french of "pieds pouldres" that would mean dusty feet this would mean dusty fee
It also meant the booksellers tt this would means the booksellers that would be the itnerants going from fayre to fayre with their books.
They would have often crossed to the continent and their description of the pedes pulverosi would be understood throughout.
Times have changed since the medieval but the tactile pleasure of a paper back book is still cherished by so many.
This week, Krakow in Poland is holding it's annual popular celebration of books.
An opportunity to re-acquaint with those books that delight so often with the flip of the pages to the world beyond our dreams.