Beautiful Books

So many lovely dustjackets on these books.

Blogging has been rather scarce due to day job commitments and being busy out at craft fairs and making items on any spare days.  This morning I was happy to get down to the local car boot sale to try and find some penguin books having sold my remaining stall stock of keyrings and magnets.

So many fabulous books.  I know my own shelves will be groaning as I found so many volumes to treasure myself alongside those I will use to make items for The Forgotten Library.  Here are a few snapshots of some of the wonderful editions I came home with.

These are bound for my own book shelves. So happy to find another Bronte novel in this series (so far I only had Wuthering Heights in this edition) and the Classic Myth and Legend book to go with the Celtic volume I bought in a book shop on holiday in September. As an Arthurian legend lover that Tennyson book has been a joy to read this afternoon.
Lots of beautifully designed book covers marking these volumes ready to become book clocks.
I love looking at peoples collections of cuttings to see what they chose to keep and what was important to them. I haven’t had time to look through all of these yet but an article from Kelmscott, somewhere I was lucky to visit this year, caught my eye and I love the fashion styles which look to be around the 40s.
Fabulous Frank Lloyd Wright book and a 1930s book on design. More fantastic finds I shall be adding to my own book shelves to enjoy on one of those dreamed of days off.
After finding some calligraphy pens in the summer I was overjoyed to find all these books and can’t wait to find some time in the new year to have a go at the art of penmanship.
Many books often have a bookmark or marker as a sign of where the reader left them. I know my own shelves have many unfinished volumes.
This may look very weary and the cover is coming loose but I was so excited to find this 1860 edition.
I love the way the bookseller labels are inside these Victorian volumes and the owners always wrote their names inside in such beautiful script.