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I buy old books all the time. Cook books from 1920-30. Poultry farming, I think that one is dated 1905. A Danish-Norwegian dictionary from 1906 that tries to (re-)introduce some traditional Norwegain terms to mark a greater distance from Danish - some of the words are really great, but didn't catch on. Some did. I believe that the English "Pocket Dicitionary" is from the late 1800s (I am not at home when writing this, so I cannot check).
I guess I read every single book from my own childhood to my daughter when she was a kid. And then some: In used-books shops I found more books of the same authors, books I didn't know when I was a boy, but I certainly loved to get to know them as an adult. Some of them were classics even in my boyhood, dating back to the 1950s (and my copies are that old, too), and upon reading them again, I can easily see what made them classics.
You do not throw away old books! That would be like throwing away old friendships.
I have decided that I might as well google myself. I am sick of wasting my time with 3-4 "friends", trying all that I might to avoid using words that could be related to "facts", making them all dive into their smartphones trying to be the first one making corrections to whatever I had happened to utter, based on True Reality Facts from Wikipedia or whatever other googable holy, inexhaustible fountain of Eternal Truth. Usually, it takes a minute or two until a True Fact has been read from the smartphones, but usually within seconds, another word is uttered that requires a new smartphone dive into the world of True Facts.
In the old days, we chatted, smiles, cried, laughed, and sang together. Today we google together.
I am not very good at googling on a smartphone. I much too often make one statement every two minute or so, and then sit by myself for a few minutes waiting for the others to complete googling something that I said, to be rejected or expanded on by more read-aloud "facts".
Friendships are not what it used to be. Fact is, when they reduce to googling matches, I tend to throw them away. Sad, but true.
I have a complete collection of Charles Dickens that is old enough not to have a publishing date in it, so probably circa 1900? I do have some Thomas the Tank Engine books that have publication dates of 55-60. And in my parents collection there's an old Bible, which I seem to recall had a date of about 1690, based on the births/marriages/deaths listed inside - but I can't be sure about.
The two volumes of Dixon Kemp's 'Manual of Yacht and Boat Sailing and Architecture' presented to my grandfather when he went from Osbourne Naval School to Britannia Dartmouth Naval College in 1910, at the age of fifteen. The books themselves are undated.
Nothing older than me and most considerably younger.
My parents are into books though.
They buy up complete collections.
They have like 500 books on butterflies alone
Some really old ones too, like pre-1900's.
A pre-1900's book sounds really cool, except when it's about butterflies or mushrooms or birds it's just outdated and worthless.
I just hope they've disposed of them before I inherit them
I have some Jewish prayer books from 1827 - these are from my grand-grandfather, printed Munich in Hebrew and German in 1827...
Also hove an original copy of the Magyar-franczia szakácskönyv from Dobos József, the creator of Dobos torte[^], from 1881... That one came from my mother, who bought it on a sale...
"The only place where Success comes before Work is in the dictionary." Vidal Sassoon, 1928 - 2012
A complete hard back collection of Thorne Smith novels from the early 1940-1950s.
A unused copy the "The Cosmic Banditos" by A.C. Weisbecker (sic?); last I checked this as worth over $1000
'The Lord of The Rings' leather bound first edition, acquired from my aunt when she worked at the publishing house.
A signed copy of Killashandra' by Anne McCaffrey (later given to my niece, who my sister named Killashandra)
Multiple plastic boxes of hardback and paper, many prior to 1960s. Hate to get rid of them
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, navigate a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects! - Lazarus Long
Some of its predictions for the future are OK (Chicago to NY by car in 15 hours may actually be optimistic!) and others (airplanes carrying 34 passengers at 20,000 feet and 250 MPH) have been surpassed.
... but you do know it'll get the gist of it some day and take a real crap on your sofa.
after many otherwise intelligent sounding suggestions that achieved nothing the nice folks at Technet said the only solution was to low level format my hard disk then reinstall my signature. Sadly, this still didn't fix the issue!