Thursday, March 4, 2010

Books, Books, and More Books!

Dad and his wife Ann have been doing some cleaning lately.
Lucky me gets the fruits of their labor!
They sent us two boxes of old books.
This condensed version of US History is dated 1872.
I love the classics!
Les libres en francais!
This book is very old as you can see when you look at the cover page in the next photo:).
Lovely old music books.
This copy of Ivanhoe is beautiful.
Emerson's Essays
This was one of my favorites...
as was this copy of Aunt Jo's Scrap Bag by Louisa May Alcott.
There were several lovely illustrations in this book.
Hmmm...I think I'll curl up with a good book and do some reading.
The problem is which book to choose?
was graciously awarded to me by Katie at
As part of this award I am to list 7 things about myself that you don't already know and then I am to award it to 7 deserving bloggers.
Let's do the easy part first-7 things about me.
1. I prefer pasta and veggies to meat.
2. I love ice cream.
3. My favorite color is blue.
4. Although I love Jane Austen, Charles Dickens is my favorite author.
5. My favorite modern day authors are Dorethea Benton Frank and Pat Conroy.
6. I've been trained in interior redesign.
7. I love to jog.
OK, here's the part where I wimp out. I can't possibly choose 7 bloggers from my list so I am breaking the rules and awarding this to everyone on my favorite bloggers list.
BTW, I still can't get award banners to transfer so I apologize for not posting it.
Please visit Katie@lebeaupeonvictorien blogspot-you will love it!
Thanks again Katie:)!


Marilyn said...

OMGoodness......These books are just 2die4!! I have some old books like these & I just love to feel the indentations of the covers & the quality of the binding. They mass produce books now & they are so cheaply made that there is no way the can last over 100 years.
You are a very lucky lady!!
Congrats on the award!!
Have a wonderful evening examining your treasure...

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Just wonderful Kim...these will also look so great with all your decorating talents...Congrats on the award...Have you try just sending them to your picture file and picking them up from there...thats how I do them...Thanks for coming by my victorian sister...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Meg said...

You just made me drool all over the keyboard! Or, is a lady not supposed to admit she did? Anywho, I think you should go with Louisa's book first. She's funny and easy to read without being overtly sentimental. Treasure Island is a rip-roaring adventure, too. Sigh. I'm slowly but surely creating my own collection of old books, too - my guilty pleasure. :)

The Sweetbrier Cottage said...

Love the books! How wonderful to inherit such wonderful works as far back as 1827. OMG, Emerson and Sir Walter Scott. Woo-hoo! Enjoy...

Callie Magee Antiques said...

These books are too wonderful to sell.I hope you will keep them and enjoy them.

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

Way wonderful of them to give you these TREASURES.

SO many nice covers.


Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

Kim, forgot to say..James Whitcomb Riley..was a Hoosier ( Indiana)
We live near his hometown when we lived in Indiana...I knew the title of that book...very famous book of his.

Here is what I found out about him in brief..on the web.
James Whitcomb Riley was born on October 7, 1847, in Greenfield, Indiana in a log cabin, to local attorney Reuben A. Riley and his wife, Elizabeth (Marine) Riley, in a small cabin. His parents named him after James Whitcomb, the governor of Indiana. James Whitcomb Riley was their third child. He lived on the same property until he was 21. Riley was influenced by many of the visitors to his father's home. In particular, he was able to pick up the cadence and character of the dialect of central Indiana and the travelers along the old National Road, which came through in the many poems he went on to write. One particular visitor was Mary Alice Smith, who eventually stayed on to live with the Rileys. Mary Alice (Allie) Smith influenced Riley's poem Little Orphant Annie, which was originally to be called Little Orphant Allie but a typesetter's error changed the name of the poem.[5]


Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

OMG!! I love those books. I have been looking into bidding on some vintage books on Ebay. I can't wait to see how you display them in your beautiful Victorian home!!

Michael823 said...

We are so glad you are enjoying the books. As you know there are more on the way, these were just a few of what we had. Your blogging friends are amazing, you are so lucky to have so many.

Please enjoy the books, we'll talk soon.


Dad and Ann

Paula said...

Oh Kim,

I LOVE your books!!! Each one is a beautiful treasure!!! I am so happy for you!!! I love James Whitcombe Riley. His poetry is wonderful! The Louise May Alcott book is beautiful! I agree, the Ivanhoe is beautiful too! They are all just amazing. Old books have a charm that new ones could never compare with. Enjoy your reading and new treasures! Congratulations on your award!

Much love,

Debby said...

Oh you lucky girl! They are totally awesome.

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

Oh how exciting to receive the boxes of antique books...that's my dream come true!!! Love books, both old and new! Awesome! Thanks for your visit!

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

I love the Alcott book with the embossed title and wonderful illustrations.
So blue is your favorite colour and which shade... deep indigo, delicate teal, periwinkle or seagreen blue? So many it would be hard to choose.
Have a lovely weekend and enjoy your gift.
Susan x

Bonnie said...

How awesome, O-M-G! What a lucky girl you are. I loved Treasure Island as a kid.

The gato sends his love!


Draffin Bears said...

Hi Kim,

I love your old books, how lucky and each one is beautiful.
Congratulations on your Award and I enjoyed finding out more about you.
Have a great weekend, maybe with your feet up and doing some reading.


My Vintage Treasures said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!! How lucky, the books are to die for...BEAUTIFUL!!!

My Vintage Treasures

Celestial Charms said...

What absolutely wonderful treasure to receive. Each one so beautiful. I would love to just run my fingers over them. Don't you just love the way the covers are embossed? Or is the word etched? Anyway, I love the feel of vintage book covers!

crochet lady said...

Oh, those look like some very precious finds. I love the texture and fine lines of old books.