Every book lover has reasons certain books appeal to them.
Some are after the true treasures - first editions.
Some collect by author or subject area.
Some like I do collect by appearance and content.
Like this Gentlemen Be Seated book of old minstrel songs.
This book is not politically correct - neither the songs or the illustrations, but the content as a piece of history is interesting.
The bright orange cover is attractive.
Large - 8 1/2 by 11 inches.
It has photographs of minstrel performers and a bit of the history.
Twenty O'clock And Other Droll Stories by Elbert Hubbard.
Small - 6 1/2 by 5 inches.
Published in 1920 by The Roycrofters, East Aurora, New York.
You can spot a Roycrofters book easily by the hand-bound pages and cover.
Also by the font used and the black ink block illustrations.
And last by the edges of the pages.
They are very deckled since the pages were cut by hand.
Lovely pieces of art.
Textbooks are a favorite of mine.
Reading books are at the top of my list, but most older textbooks with interesting covers or contents are bought.
I was attracted to this College Accounting book by the worn cover and the charts inside.
Books from 1900 to 1940 have beautifully designed covers.
Just Folks by Clara E. Laughlin - 1910.
The Shepherd of the Hills by Howard Bell Wright - 1917.
The worn and tattered The Habitant And Other French-Canadian Poems by William Henry - 1903. (English translation)
The Warden by Anthony Trollope - 1906. (Has a Christmas inscription to the recipient.)
Honor Bound by Faith Baldwin - 1934.
You can tell I do love red books!
You might be surprised at the prices for books published in the 1800's.
They can range from $1 to hundreds of dollars, but most are in the $1 to $20 range.
They were published by the thousands and bought by many people.
Here are some of the older books I found.
Poetical Works of Sir Walter Scott, Baronet - 1851.
Lionel St. Clair: Under The Banian Tree by L. A. Moncreiff -around 1860. Love the green and gold cover.
Ray's New Higher Arithmetic by Joseph Ray - 1880.
The Thousand And One Nights Or The Arabian Nights - around 1860.
The Waverley Novels - The Betrothed and The Highland Widow by Sir Walter Scott - 1898.
Okay, we have established one thing in this post - I LOVE books of any sort. Some of these are keepers, some are just guests, and some are sellers.
I cannot have every book.
I must share!
Are you a bibliophile?