Book thrifting.

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Book thrifting.

Post by Andybev01 » Sat Aug 15, 2020 11:09 pm

I picked some ink stained paper today.

They appear to be in narrative form; I'll have to Google it later.

The Little Leather Library books are circa 1900, but were only $0.99 apiece so...mine.

The Civil War melodrama is from 1863 and looks like it will be fun.

I don't lire ou parler français, but the book of psalms was published in 1807 and besides, the owners signiture on the frontispiece was too fantastic the leave on the shelf.
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Post by Andybev01 » Sat Aug 15, 2020 11:16 pm

...cont'd...

The Poe anthology isn't terribly old, however the art nouveau cover was worth $5.
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Post by PumpkinQueen » Sun Aug 16, 2020 4:07 pm

Oooooo I love things like this (im in college for anthropology and historic preservation) keep us updated !!

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Post by Andybev01 » Sun Aug 16, 2020 5:58 pm

Neat!

One of the best things I got to do as Cemetery administrator was to take the old Cemetery logbooks which go back to the beginning of the property itself, and found a restorer to put them back together.

They're the logs of the deceased, stating their name, location in the garden, date interred and information regarding the placement of their headstone.

The books get a lot of wear and tear because they are not only historical record of the park but a legal document of the deceased, and are in constant use.

If you enjoy that kind of thing, and I do, going through the individual files is fascinating. All of the records and contracts, obituaries, copies of family trusts, the insanely low prices compared to today's pricing, of properties purchased decades ago...

You hear people talk about your actions going on your 'permanent record' well, we all actually have one but they aren't kept in school, they're kept in a cemetery. 💀
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Post by PumpkinQueen » Sun Aug 16, 2020 9:47 pm

Andybev01 wrote: Sun Aug 16, 2020 5:58 pm Neat!

One of the best things I got to do as Cemetery administrator was to take the old Cemetery logbooks which go back to the beginning of the property itself, and found a restorer to put them back together.

They're the logs of the deceased, stating their name, location in the garden, date interred and information regarding the placement of their headstone.

The books get a lot of wear and tear because they are not only historical record of the park but a legal document of the deceased, and are in constant use.

If you enjoy that kind of thing, and I do, going through the individual files is fascinating. All of the records and contracts, obituaries, copies of family trusts, the insanely low prices compared to today's pricing, of properties purchased decades ago...

You hear people talk about your actions going on your 'permanent record' well, we all actually have one but they aren't kept in school, they're kept in a cemetery. 💀
That is so awesome. My goal is to actually work as an archivist !

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Post by Pumpkin_Head » Mon Aug 17, 2020 6:55 pm

Old books can be a great find. Those older editions aren't printed any more.

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Post by Andybev01 » Mon Aug 17, 2020 11:25 pm

That is so awesome. My goal is to actually work as an archivist !
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I understand completely.

20 years ago I worked as an office manager at a startup company that was developing printable solar cells and one of my many duties was to go and find research papers at the engineering library at Stanford and make photocopies of papers that they needed, from science journals going back to the mid-victorian era.

I love the look and the feel of old paper.

Mike; I just hope that they keep printing anything...
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Post by Murfreesboro » Tue Aug 18, 2020 5:57 pm

I have a fondness for old books, too.

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Post by Andybev01 » Tue Aug 18, 2020 11:19 pm

I find comfort in them, like I do in old houses.

They are physical links to the past, and to the people who either held them or lived in them.

I believe that we can imprint ourselves on the physical world, and like to think that others will be able to 'sense' something about us in the future even though they would not have ever met us.
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Post by Murfreesboro » Wed Aug 19, 2020 8:20 am

I know what you mean. I like holding things that have been touched by previous generations, too.

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Post by Pumpkin_Head » Fri Aug 21, 2020 11:11 pm

I had an entire set of original editions by Mark Twain, that were all destroyed in a house fire in 2015. The wonderful thing about older books, especially first editions, is that they were not abridged or changed around for the sake of political correctness. They were printed the way the authors intended them to be printed, and are in and of themselves pieces of actual history. Reflections of the way people actually did speak and write back in their day, to be more exact.

I would LOVE to find a first edition of Bran Stokers "Dracula" and Mary Shelly's "Frankenstein."

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Post by Murfreesboro » Sat Aug 22, 2020 10:40 am

Oh, first edition Twains, a complete set! That was a loss. :(

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Post by Pumpkin_Head » Mon Aug 24, 2020 9:44 am

Those are hard to find. Anything by Twain that's first edition is quite rare any more.

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