What is it about old books?
It's that intangible quality that speaks of character and history and people from another time.
Old books add instant charm and warmth to a room no matter what style it is.
People laugh when I tell them I love the way old books smell.Musty. Moldy. Glue and ink and old paper. A hint of vanilla or coffee, perhaps.
Water-stained pages with crumbly edges. Upright or reclining on their sides.
I love those old books with tattered cloth covers or worn leather bindings.
And especially those books with etched or unusual covers.
Some are classic, others a bit risque for the times.
Those with intricate leather covers and gilt-edged pages are my favorites.
Old books are perfect for elevating a display
or complementing a silver piece on a mantle or in a bookcase.
Many old books have lovely writing inside their covers.
I have my mother's old school dictionary filled with scribbles and hearts.
I cherish this one.
You never know what you might find in an old tome you buy for a dollar at an estate sale.
I recently bought a book that was stuffed with 1950s Betsy McCall cutouts,
complete with outfits for every occasion.
Sometimes you might discover a pressed flower or leaf and wonder why it was special.
I love to group vintage books with similar covers for an "old library" look.
And the ads on the back page are a peek into an age long gone.
It's that timeworn quality that gives books a rich feeling of our past.
Old books belong to another time but they've definitely found a home today . . . with me.
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