I've collected a number of old books over the years, but I don't know the history of them all. I'm grateful to know about this one! A precious possession is pictured here, my grandmother's book of French poetry, given to her many years ago by an aunt and passed down to my mother in 1936; mom was a high school French teacher, and I'm sure she used this book frequently. I love having these old inscriptions. The book itself was printed in 1880.
That large torn volume in the center here was my father's German dictionary. He was a science major in college and became a bacteriologist. I'm quite sure he used this dictionary in college. (Did you know that German was used almost as much as Latin in the sciences?) The thinner books are various language and grammar texts that I found in an antique store. The two books to the right of the dictionary are theological books from my father's collection. That's grandma's French poetry book on the far right. (Aren't the bookends cute? They're by Mary Engelbreit.) Grandma did the tatting on the dresser scarf. I have a few other handmade pieces that she did, including a baby blanket for my son that she knitted in 1972. (I miss her!)
I'm always intrigued by old children's books. These represent part of my collection of St. Nicholas Magazine for Children. The red bound volume is a collection of the magazine's articles from 1886. The two thinner magazines are from 1876. I have a lot more of these. I use the ones in the worst condition as ephemera in my mixed media art. The illustrations and ads are just wonderful. The content of these magazines is extraordinary. While there are stories and poems for very young children, the reading level is quite high.
More old schoolbooks. I bought these from various antique stores. I am especially fond of the Camp Fire Girls books. I was a Camp Fire Girl back in the '50's and am still nostalgic
about those good times! The old history book second from left is from a seventh grade boy who has his name, Dan W. Whitford, written in various places. The book was published in 1920. I wonder whatever happened to him...
The gardening and home decorating books in this photo belonged to my mother. I display them with more of my father's theological books.
I do my best to make almost every room in our house a library! I display my collections in the dining room hutch (I keep my dishes in a cupboard!), on dressers, and in a secretary in the living room as well as on "regular" bookcases. I'll be adding more book collecting posts later. Stay tuned!