One of the things I found today was this book for 25 cents.
The cover is missing an inset illustration or something, but there are some wonderful old wildflower illustrations inside.
I'm a sucker for old books--I have been since I was a kid. Someone gave me an old copy of Little Women printed around 1900, and I was hooked. I love the history of an old book. I like to hold it and think of all the people who read it before me, and how it may have touched their lives.
Personally I think books make a house a home, and I love to use vintage books in creating vignettes around the living room and family room.
There's been a trend lately to take the covers off the books and tie them with ribbon or twine. I think Restoration Hardware started this--at least that's the first I saw it.
I'm not a big fan of this. It's not that I don't like how it looks--I think the neutral tone-on-tone is lovely. I just think it's wrong to tear off the binding of an old book. It should be left intact for future generations to read and share.
Plus I think the covers of vintage books are beautiful.
Even when they are worn and showing their age--actually more so then!
I have no problem tearing off the covers of paperbacks though, so I guess if I ever want to get the Restoration Hardware look I can do it with paperbacks and age them with tea.
But I think I'd rather just keep looking for beautiful old books to add to my collection!
Have a great week!
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