I love junk and antique fairs. I never buy anything, but I love walking around and taking pictures of old objects and antiques. They're sometimes juxtaposed in a fun or absurd way, as is the case here. I also like the composition of this picture and the complementarity of the colors.
The book is the first volume of L'évolution humaine des origines à nos jours : étude biologique, psychologique et sociologique de l'homme, a four-volume collection on biology, psychology and sociology published 60 years ago. As for the literate skull, I decided to call him Charles, in a striking feat of unoriginality.
This particular junk and antiques fair took place at Place des Quinconces, a huge square in Bordeaux, France.
I like all these old objects, because they feel like tethers to a past I wasn't a part of. Taking photos of old stuff feels like preserving it for posterity.