Saturday, March 5, 2011

Written in the pages...

A collection that never seems to end.  I am drawn to the memories of reading them.  The graphics on the covers and inside the pages call for me to take them home.  Bookplates inside with the beautifully handwritten names say they are in need of a special space.  I could go on and on and on.  Suffice it to say I love to get lost in the pages.

No amount of reconfiguring can help me find more space in this cabinet.  Believe me I have tried.  I love each and every one of these books that I have hand picked out of boxes, poured over at the thrift store, or waited patiently to peruse at an estate sale.  

Sweet inscriptions from one to another gently grace the first  few pages of many of these.

Engraved illustrations and parchment paper pictures greet you as leaf your way through them.

Just for good measure...a collection of wire frogs against the smooth and glossy mirror.

Along with books I paired these old poem plaques that have sweet illustrations themselves.  Lovely couplings and sweet nursery rhyme Leftons.
I have had to whittle these down from time to time and yes, it is hard to do.  If I want to continue to collect these wonderful and seemingly disappearing pieces, I have to have some control.

Technology is great, I love my laptop, smart phone, GPS etc, but I cannot seem to find the value of books on a computer.  It seems cold and unfriendly.  
Nothing takes away from the feel of the pages in my hands.  I guess that makes me old and sentimental and I am okay with that.


Mary said...

I agree with your thoughts about a book on computer. Nothing matches the feeling of cracking open a book, rubbing your fingertips along the illustrations that bring back childhood memories from many years ago so many of us.
I love your collection.
We were at an antique shop this afternoon. They had several books I wanted to bring home with me and my DH kept telling me to pick out a few, but $30 a book I felt was a bit tooooo much when I knew I could find them eventually for less. But OH I so wanted to bring them home with me.

Musings from Kim K. said...

I love your book vignettes. As a former librarian, now developing online classes at a university, I couldn't agree more...just don't tell my employer. I LOVE LOVE books. My house is overflowing with books. I found 3 more vintage children's craft books today. I thought of you.

Betty said...

I totally agree with you. Both my daughter and daughter in law have kindles but I'd much rather hold a book. I don't ever find the ones you have though. Someone in my town must beat me to the thrift stores and estate sales every time!

Nan said...

Well I love books and have had many all my life and still do. I do love my Kindle however as it's much easier to read than a real book. You can adjust the fonts to your liking and the page you are reading is just so clear. It also saves on space and paper another plus. This is probably the way of the future using electronic readers I would think whether we want them or not.