Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Timeless




Having spent a great deal of time in libraries, resource rooms and halls of genealogy the lure of leather bound volumes stacked in unison upon the shelves is intriguing.



The smell of an old book is timeless just like the contents emanating from its pages.



'Tis not musty or dusty, lost or forlorn. Perhaps it is the lingering scent of human hands that have turned its aged pages to partake of its wisdom and translations within.
* From the BBC Sense and Sensibility Elinor in the Library.

14 comments:

Doreen said...

I too am a great lover of old and worn books.:)

Hugs,
Doreen

TRES BELLE said...

Susan,
I love old books too. Before my mother-in-law passed away, she gave me two very old books that her grandfather (who was a teacher) had in his library. One of the books was Pilgram's Progress and the other Uncle Tom's Cabin. Both books have no publishing date in them so I do not know how old they are. The covers are worn and faded with pages that are yellow and smell musty. I love them in their current state far better than if they had been in pristine condition.

Kris

Lori said...

i just love old books...esp the ones where the pages are crumbling and darkened to a lovely shade of brown...

lorhen82 said...

Oh, love them, love them, love them! You've inspired me to do a post about them too. I'm off....

Queen of the Armchair aka dzintrastitcheries said...

Oh Susan...to be in that room with all those beautifully bound books...I think they are calling out to me!!! A wonderful post...Dzintra PS We have good taste in names!!!

The Victorian Parlor said...

How beautiful! I love old books and Jane Austen!

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving the kind comment!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I love to read old books. It's nice to wonder where they have been, and who has read them before me.

Suzanne said...

I married a bibliophile and subsequently become one myself. Love that musty,dusty smell. Uh, referring to books, not my husband! :)

Christine LeFever said...

Beautiful! The pictures, the sentiment, all!

XO,

Christine Zwee!!!!!!!

janeyre said...

I AGREE. BOOKS, BOTH OLD AND NEW, HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AN IMPORTANT PART OF MY LIFE. FORTUNETLY, MY DAUGHTERS (I HAVE THREE) ALSO LOVE TO READ AND COLLECT OLD BOOKS, NOT JUST TO READ, BUT TO ADMIRE THE PATINA THAT VINTAGE BOOKS AQUIRE.

Gillian L. said...

Yes, I think there is something very special about old books. I enjoy the thought that they were cherished by someone else before me. I think they make wonderful gifts and they are beautiful in library.

Gillian

hmstrjam said...

i love old leatherbound books! I always prefer to read from an old book than anything new and seemingly machine made...

Dixie Redmond said...

Oh, I SO agree. I love the look and smell of old paper. I recently went to the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport, Maine and read a letter written by one of my great-grandfathers in 1831. It was a wonder to behold, and think of him dipping a pen in the old brown ink.

Lea said...

Just to turn those pages... is a door to another world... another time...