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Books!

jessicajames
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Location: Gettysburg
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Books!

Postby jessicajames » Thu July 21st, 2011, 5:37 pm

I know everybody here probably has quite a collection of books - but I am obsessed with first editions and signed copies. ...And since my favorite era is Civil War and Revolutionary War, my collection is OLD books. I love the language, rhythm and flow of the old writers, and I love the thought of all of the other hands that have touched and enjoyed the volumes. Anyone else have this afflliction?

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Brenna
Bibliophile
Location: Delaware

Postby Brenna » Thu July 21st, 2011, 5:54 pm

Well some of my books are old as they were my grandmothers, but for the most part, I am an equal opportunity book collector. I love books! I love the way they feel and smell (expecially if they are old, they just have a smell to them). I spend wayyyy too much of my paycheck on them, but I don't care!
Brenna

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The Czar
Reader
Location: Nashville TN

Postby The Czar » Wed May 9th, 2012, 4:03 pm

The summer I spent in London, I spent whole days in that little alley where all the cool bookshops are. I literally had to throw clothes and toiletries out for the flight home to fit all the stuff I bought.

Everyone (this was an undergrad trip) thought I was nuts.

I long to have a real, honest to god Victorian library in my house one day... wood panelled, big armchairs, a fireplace, and floor to ceiling shelves.
Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results.
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SGM
Compulsive Reader

Postby SGM » Wed May 9th, 2012, 6:56 pm

"The Czar" wrote:The summer I spent in London, I spent whole days in that little alley where all the cool bookshops are. I literally had to throw clothes and toiletries out for the flight home to fit all the stuff I bought.

Everyone (this was an undergrad trip) thought I was nuts.

I long to have a real, honest to god Victorian library in my house one day... wood panelled, big armchairs, a fireplace, and floor to ceiling shelves.


I have aspirations above my station (and definitely above my bank balance). I want a library like Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady -- complete with swivelling ladder. I wonder if I could afford it if I moved to Outer Mongolia.
Currently reading - Emergence of a Nation State by Alan Smith

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Misfit
Bibliomaniac
Location: Seattle, WA

Postby Misfit » Wed May 9th, 2012, 7:55 pm

"The Czar" wrote:The summer I spent in London, I spent whole days in that little alley where all the cool bookshops are. I literally had to throw clothes and toiletries out for the flight home to fit all the stuff I bought.

Everyone (this was an undergrad trip) thought I was nuts.

I long to have a real, honest to god Victorian library in my house one day... wood panelled, big armchairs, a fireplace, and floor to ceiling shelves.


Lol. A few years ago I was in Vancouver BC and was doing the Robson Street thing, Robson Street being Canada's equivalent of Rodeo Drive. All those shoe, dress, chocolate and fur (!!!) shops and where did I spend all my time and money? The three story Chapters book store. I was in heaven.
At home with a good book and the cat...
...is the only place I want to be

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Brenna
Bibliophile
Location: Delaware

Postby Brenna » Wed May 9th, 2012, 10:53 pm

"The Czar" wrote:I long to have a real, honest to god Victorian library in my house one day... wood panelled, big armchairs, a fireplace, and floor to ceiling shelves.


OMG me too! I'm slowly turning my den into my own personal library, but I need many more bookcases before I will have an official library.
Brenna

rebecca
Compulsive Reader

Postby rebecca » Thu May 10th, 2012, 3:29 am

I have an eight foot glass door book cabinet which is chocker block full of books! Next to it is a six foot book case which again is brimming over with books and loaded on top of it. In my spare room I have two books cases full and my roll top desk is also full of my books. There is also a six foot bookcase in the kitchen which is also brimming over with you guessed it....books :eek: and I have taken over one of my kitchen cupboards with...yes...more books :eek: ...Who needs saucepans when you have books!!!! :D :D ;)

It is getting to the stage where I might have to move out onto the front porch and fill the house with...BOOKS!!! :D :p :D


Bec :) Ps> starts singing 'books glorious books....la fa la la la :p

J.D. Oswald
Reader

Postby J.D. Oswald » Mon May 14th, 2012, 7:34 pm

Years ago, I bought an old volume of Strand magazines with an original Sherlock Holmes story in it (c 1890). I think I only paid a couple of £s for it. Since then, I look for others in every second-hand bookshop I come across. They're hard to find nowadays. It's not just the original SH stories that are fascinating; the Strand magazines have all sort of articles about Victorian life, celebrities, fashion etc. It's not quite the way Robert Downey Jr shows it! :)

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wendy
Compulsive Reader
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
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Postby wendy » Mon May 14th, 2012, 10:00 pm

I have first editions of all Willa Cather's works - none signed though. Sigh!
However, I do have a signed first edition of Toni Morrison's JAZZ and my dream is to make up the complete set.
Wendy K. Perriman
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rebecca
Compulsive Reader

Postby rebecca » Tue May 15th, 2012, 2:25 am

"J.D. Oswald" wrote:Years ago, I bought an old volume of Strand magazines with an original Sherlock Holmes story in it (c 1890). I think I only paid a couple of £s for it. Since then, I look for others in every second-hand bookshop I come across. They're hard to find nowadays. It's not just the original SH stories that are fascinating; the Strand magazines have all sort of articles about Victorian life, celebrities, fashion etc. It's not quite the way Robert Downey Jr shows it! :)


WOW what a great find J.D. Have you had a price quote on it? I have never read Sherlock Holmes books but I loved the TV version which starred Jeremy Brett(SP?). I also like RBJ's movie version of it mainly because he works so well with Jude Law, they're a good team.

Bec :)


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