Saturday, May 04, 2013
another reason to love old books
I've told you before about how the smell of old books makes me giddy. My oldest son and I had a long discussion last week about what old books are supposed to smell like, as opposed to what mildewy books smell like. Sadly, the mildewed example was an original text Nancy Drew that I would have really wanted if it was in halfway decent condition.
Except for my growing stash of vintage children's mysteries, I'm not buying a lot of books for myself lately. My Kindle has won, assuming that the price of the Kindle edition is actually less than the price of the paperback. It's a happy combination of having the book I want right now and not having to keep track of it once I do have it.
I still have real ink and paper books, and I adore the special ones. Even though I've found a much nicer copy of the same edition, I'm still keeping that Bobbsey Twins book that came from the small girls room.
And I'll be keeping this Nancy Drew that I picked up at the thrift store on the same day as I had to pass up the mildewed one. I've got a nicer copy with a dust jacket, but look at what's written inside the front cover --
Beverly Jean Iverson
Devils Lake, North Dakota U. S. A.
Christmas "1945" a Christmas "no one" will ever forget, for it is the year of "Victory and Peace" of the second world war Thank You
I assume that it was Beverly's book, but I wonder who wrote the inscription. Was it Beverly, or one of the adults in her life? (And yes, I did Google her name -- I found one woman who would have been about the right age, but Iverson was her married name and she lived at the wrong end of the country, and one who was born a few years too late.)
There's something about this book that just makes me want to hug it tight and protect it. Do you save books with strangers' inscriptions in them?
This post is linked to Time Travel Thursday, Ivy & Elephants & Vintage Thingie Thursday.