The Granddaddies On My Bookshelf – Part 1

Good morning, blog readers! I’m sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted. It would appear that this cold had not yet concluded with our household, so things have been a little slow going for us.

This blog post is going to be the first of several about the antique books that I have collected over the years. I have collected many things in my lifetime. When I was young, it was marbles, buttons, and candles, but as I grew up my interests changed. Now I have a passion for antiques.

When I walk into an antique shop my heart rate picks up speed, my stomach flutters with excitement, and my mind races with thoughts of what I want to bring home. Of course, I gravitate to the smaller items, such as teacups, books, and keys, so my house has not yet overflowed with antique goodies.

My personal collection is modest, but I encourage it to grow at every opportunity.

The antique books I own are a treasure that I hold dear. The first in the line of books in the accompanying picture is actually my husband’s. It is not as old as the others, but as my husband is an electrician, he found the aged electrical guide amusing.

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The second book in the group is a combination of two novels written by a woman named Mrs. Inchbald. She was indeed a very interesting woman.

The third book in the group is one of my favorites! It is a book of poetry written by a man named Nicolas Rowe. He was the first modern editor for William Shakespeare, and was apparently very famous in his day. The book cost me nearly $100, but I feel it was worth it. I was so excited to have a little piece of history in my hands that I couldn’t resist!

The last two novels (Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens) were also an impulse buy. They are second (or third?) editions. It would be easier to pinpoint if they had publishing dates, but sadly they do not.

Since this photo was taken, I have amassed several more antiquarian books/collections, including Byron’s poems. But those will be shared another day.

Thank you so much for reading! I hope you have a lovely weekend!

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