I love old books and have collected several over the years. Some I inherited from my grandmother (and her mother) and some I bought at thrift stores or the library book store. Today, I going to introduce you to my Top 3 Old Books in My Collection.
1) The Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott in Ten Volumes. Vol. VII. The Lady of the Lake. Date: 1821.
I found this book in a charity shop in North Yorkshire, England, a few years ago. That fact alone makes me special to me. It’s had some water damage and has more of a musty odor than a pleasant old book odor, but it’s still neat to have a book so old. The cover is solid and the book heavy, and the spine has lovely designs.
2) A Children’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson. Illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith. Date: Unknown (the title page is missing). This is a local thrift store find. I loved Stevenson’s adventures Treasure Island and Kidnapped, and so I was pleased and surprised to see a book of children’s poems. I’ve enjoyed reading the poems and looking at the simple illustrations. I’d love to read this to my children one day.
3) The Five Little Peppers Midway by Margaret Sidney. Date 1893.
My grandmother gave me this. It’s been too well loved in the past for me to read now, but I love the decorative cover. I read a copy of the first Five Little Peppers book when I was in elementary school and really enjoyed it, so having an antique copy of part of the series, and one that belonged to my great-grandmother, is special to me.
Do you like old books or have any in your collection?