Collectible Books plus
Other Cult Classics
A page inspired
by my love of
books and the authors who write them.
Open an old book and you may not only be swept away by an engaging
story, you can see a great deal of care and craftmanship went into
printing, selecting papers, blending inks, creating art and binding a
book. This intoxicating blend of story and art is part of
make book collecting so alluring.
Tips on Caring For Your Vintage Book
Store your books in a cool, dry place. Attics
and basements can be too hot and dry or too damp for delicate paper.
Do not try to repair books yourself. Tape and other adhesives
do more damage than good. Just store the pieces with your
Never throw away the dust jackets. No matter how
ripped those paper covers may be, throwing them away will reduce the
value of your book significantly.
Store oversized books and paper items flat.
Use acid-free wrappings or boxes. Check periodically for
insects. Never store anything in a container that was once
for food or other organic materials (it will attract pests).
Wash and dry your hands before handling your books to keep them clean.
by Mrs. Browning by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Red Leather Covers
Chicago. 335 pages. circa late 1800s?, 5” wide x 7 1/4” tall
Unusual Printers Mark on Title
Page, plus a mystery item inside the book
It is hardcover with a padded
cover -gold gilt page edges -and gold title on front and
The cover is dark red or a deep maroon color, my photos are making it
look a bit brighter than it really is.
The front also has a pretty Victorian design
in gold, which looks like thistle flowers. There
just a minor bit of wear on the edges. The binding is intact
good. The title page has a beautiful early art deco
design printed in
green and purple. The
ink is shiny like foil. The title page paper is
The endpapers have an
floral design in blue and white with an etching type art
style. This is just a stunning piece of work, both in the way
constructed – and the poetry inside.
There's also a little
mystery item in
the book. It is a newspaper clipping with a short verse on
it. As a result there's a little discoloration on the
I feel like this needs to stay with the book. It it titled No
Match for Her.
first lines are; "Ah!"
cannot / give
you the key to
my mind. / She
the tips of her / pearly
teeth fretted her ripe,