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I was cleaning up the shelves. happened to bump into a book that looked quite old & I wanted to dispose it off without opening. But opened & looked at the date, it's 1965, signed by my dad when he was a teenager. It's an (ELBS) Engish to English dictionary. It was beautiful with lots of tiny illustrations. I guess that's the oldest one I have right now. So I'm keeping this specimen.
Absolutely no idea. I haven't even opened a paper book since I got my first tablet - 7 years ago? - and will probably dispose of most of 'em some day. Just keep the one my brother gave me, autographed by pTerry himself.
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I have several books from the late 1800's and early 1900's, beautiful bindings and black and white illustrations, unique font, obviously in an older form of English that's interesting to read, and of course the writing style is so different.
But the unique thing is several of them have "to so-and-so" as a gift, with the date, and "from", and I pause when I see that. Here I'm holding a gift someone gave to someone else, for a birthday or just because, and they are undoubtedly dead, and those three lines are such an amazing glimpse into two people's lives and what was important to them.
Here I'm holding a gift someone gave to someone else, for a birthday or just because, and they are undoubtedly dead
I have a few books like this, some Victorian, it always adds something to the book somehow. When I was student in the 90s the local charity shops were mines for this type of thing - local academic's books would turn up. Now they've seem to have centralised to some extent, actually checking the prices before selling in dedicated charity bookshops. The normal charity shops are left with the dross like Jeffery Archer novels.
I once found a small book of natural remedies for dogs printed during the War and gave it to my mam. It turned out to be pretty rare, so she donated it to the museum that looked at it for her.
My star find was a sex education manual called something like "The ABZ of Sex" from (I'm judging by the illustrations) the '50s. It was a really funny read, largely because the author couldn't seem to contain himself when writing on the subject of feet.
Bought by me: The lord of the rings from 1990 (read several times).
Bought for me: The little Larousse from 1985 or 1986
Not bought by me: A love-story book of my great-grandma (something from the 20ies) and some music notes dated in the end of 19th century (188x or 189x, not sure when) (these actually are my wife's)
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