I have a lot of old books. For me, it's not about their value...as an antique dealer I tend to sell the books I find with value, to collectors who appreciate them. I enjoy the graphics- the covers, and page art, and love to decorate with them in my home! I also love books with special meaning. Colorful covered books are definitely most plentiful and I find the white and off-white cover books the hardest to find.
Sometimes, it's all about the cover design...beautiful deco designs, colors, pictures, or just the title.
I kept the book "Larry's Speed Ball" because my husband is named Larry!
I love very old antique leather bound books (many of these date from 1840-1870). Most of mine have some damage, but I love them anyway.
Some have beautiful marbleized covers or page edges, others have lovely inside papers- they are great to scan and use in artwork.
I love this old copy of Macbeth with all the written notations inside...
and this 1843 French lessons book.
This set of miniature leather classics was a gift from my Aunt Sandy.
I love to use books in decorating vignettes as they add a lot of character.
The large David Copperfield book in this group was my late mother-in-law's when she was a teenager.
I also have a large collection of childrens books and old school readers, but I'll save those for another day... I'd love to hear about your special books and how you use them!
Until next time... Linda