Saturday, September 30, 2006

My Old Book Collection



All this talk about books lately got me thinking about my old book collection. When I was in college, I used to go to a lot of book sales. I'm sure my roomies dreaded seeing me return from the "bag" sales! Somewhere along the way, I got interested in old books. Mostly old English, literature and history textbooks. But I also have a thing for old poetry books and literary classics. I have a few more scattered around the house but here's a picture of the majority of them. One of them, on the life of President Andrew Jackson, was published around 1872.

The shelf is not bowed; it just looks like it, the way the light hits it. And aren't the bookends just adorable? A little Chinese boy and girl set I picked up at a flea market years ago.

7 comments:

Jennifer said...

You can post pictures of books any day! I was just a tag sale with my daughter yesterday and they had an old looking copy of Little Lord Fauntleroy. I picked it up, but didn't buy it. That's just what I need--another reason to be buying books. No thank you. We did get a Roald Dahl book (BFG), and an Encyclopedia Brown book, and some book about a horse for my daughter for 25 cents each, and two cool toys for my son. I am beginning to love tag sales!

Katrina said...

Hey - there is nothing wrong with bowed bookshelves - they're just a testament to someone's love of books, which is always a good thing! :)

I, too, like old books, but unfortunately, most of ours are packed away in boxes because we have no room on our shelves for them and, as much as I like to have them and look at them, I'm more likely to pick up a current novel or non-fiction when I read...

Jeannine said...

I think books are the best way to decorate! :-)

Gail said...

I love books of all sort....old ones are just so neat. Yours look wonderful on your shelf and old ones are so good to decorate with too. Nothing like a book sale!

master of none said...

Anytime you are ready, Dad and I would love to go to Rogers with you and pick up some "stuff". Old books and other old treasures! Just name the time!
Or...maybe Brown county?

Anonymous said...

I love this! I have a set of old books from my grandmother in one of my bookcases. I don't have an edition nearly that old though (1872, way cool!) or such nice bookends. I just love books, and love seeing others love of them too, great post!

Susanne said...

I love that! I'd love to collect old books but hubby just doesn't get the book addiction thing! :v)

We once ate at a resteraunt called Gulliver's and the whole theme was old English complete with bus boys dressed as town criers and serving girls (waitress') they called wenches. Part of the resteraunt was decorated as Jonathon Swift's library and was floor to ceiling books, old books. Wonderful!