Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Discussion Point – Do you care about the age of your books

Today I had the pleasure of spending my day with a book Conservator – If you have never met one before, they are the people who knows all there is to know about the care and restoration of any book from any period of time.

I had send my babies in to have something done to them and I had to collect them today…

My babies are my 113 years old Bible and my  144 years old Walker and Webster English Dictionary. Yup you heard me right – really old books. I can’t say that I give them the care they deserve but I do try and they are holding there own and still in working order.

 

The Bible I use as often as I can – I love the Psalms and I read them ever so often from this book.

My copy of the dictionary is so old it still has the word Gay and Gayness in it. And it actually means “In high spirits, Showy, Sportive”..

The prognosis is that I need to put them under glass, at least the dictionary at any rate - but as much as I love really old books and I treasure them, I actually use them so Mr Murphy is going to make some money off of me in order to restore the spine of my Dictionary.

And hence my question today - Do you care about the age of a book or do you love the newer, shinier models? Are your keeper shelves filled with more modern classics than some things from bygone eras…

Most people have a family treasure sitting somewhere in the house – Probably in the attic or given away to the dreaded aunty and uncle, do you still have any lying around your home?

What type of book hoarder are you – older books that will most certainly chalk up some monetary value or are you a by the seat of your pants sort of hoarder – you store the books you felt good reading, or is it the books that call to something in you that have you re-reading again and again.

 

7 Speak To Me:

Tam on 28 April 2010 at 23:52 said...

I don't have any really old books. I didn't grow up in a family of readers. I collect books that I enjoy, then when I change genres I get rid of most of the rest and start over. :-) Some classics I keep and of course anything signed. Maybe they'll be worth something someday. LOL

Chris on 28 April 2010 at 23:56 said...

I have some poorly stored old books in a box somewhere... but for books that I read, I happily buy used and battered books. (Please, no scary stains.) It's interesting, because I have a blog acquaintance who won't read used books or go to the library because she's so germaphobic. *blink blink*

Kris on 29 April 2010 at 00:25 said...

I adore old and rare books; however, I'm such a book basher that I don't trust myself with them so I prefer to admire from afar.

In terms of my own books, I have a mix of new and used. Some of my older fantasy series I bought super cheap at library sales so they're very battered with contact and sticky tape holding them together. It works for me though. I like knowing that they were well read and loved before they came to me. :)

Smokinhotbooks on 29 April 2010 at 01:50 said...

I store the books that really meant/mean something to me - my favorite is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Also with my current book buying habits I'm not sure my erotic man love books will really have any value in the future O_O

Patti on 29 April 2010 at 02:31 said...

This is a timely post, as my husband was SUPPOSED to pull my grandmother's books out of the attic for me to photograph and blog about. They are Bobbsey Twins books from the 19-teens, 20s, and 30s, and Nancy Drew books from around the 30s (I think). I love the illustrations and treasure them as they got me interested in reading. I'm a little nervous about what condition they're in....

Blodeuedd on 29 April 2010 at 05:29 said...

I have to sadly admit I like new and shiny books, older books are just a bit, well icky..oh no! I did not just say that! I am the worst booklover ever

pattepoilue on 29 April 2010 at 18:03 said...

I love OLD books! I have nearly 300 old books, they range from 1803 to 1930. Some are in pretty bad shape but I love them. I think I must have at least 20 French Dictionaries ;) I just can't part with them.