Wednesday, February 8, 2012

LITTLE RED BOOKS...............................

"Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers."
Charles W. Eliot


See the four small red books on the stack of these little books.....found them while antiquing with a friend a few weeks back.  She saw them in a stack and we both fell in love with the size, the feel and the color.  


They only measure 3" by 4" and are nicely weathered inside.


Each one was written by a famous author during the 1800's....I can only imagine how many hands have held these delicate little tomes.

What a different time it was then with books only available to the chosen few.... and such small sizes.  
As more advanced methods of book publication became available larger books came into being...but still very small compared to those we read today.


These hardcover books are approximately 4" by 6"...small enough to still be carried in a pocket...to be lovingly read again and again as one traveled or just wanted some small of entertainment of the day..

Can you imagine what the population of the 1800's would have thought of the Kindle or I Pad???
In fact....at times...I have a hard time realizing that I can read a book on a computer.

Oh I do hope books don't completely disappear!!!

hugs to all,

Jo
p.s....I haven't stopped into see very many of you lately...I apologize...I'm not feeling very well...hopefully I'll be on the mend soon.


16 comments:

  1. I, too, love books. I like the way different covers feel and the smell of the smell of the pages and inks. I like their different sizes sitting in my bookshelves...I've been told I'm a bit odd (LOL)but the world would be a sad affair if books were to disappear!

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  2. Those books are fantastic. What a find! There is a debate going on amongst genealogists that Miles Standish is in my family line.
    Mary

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  3. I am sorry to hear you have not been feeling well, I hope you get to feeling better soon :O).

    I adore books, I love to read. I just finished a book... The Life, Death and Rebirth of the American Chestnut... it was excellent!

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  4. I saw your blog post title, "Little Red Books," and thought perhaps you were reading the Quotations of Chairman Mao. No?

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  5. Hmmmm books....the feel of their leather covers and their paper. I don't think books will ever disappear. What a great find you have!
    I hope you feel better soon

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  6. I LOVE books. I could build a whole room just to house all the treasures of books that I have collected and are out there.
    I do not have a kindle....but I like the idea of holding a book and turning the pages. Feels more intimate to me.
    Hope you start feeling better soon.

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  7. I'm always heading straight to the books at yard sales and thrift shops. I love a good find - and those red books are a treasure!

    Feel better soon!

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  8. Books will never disappear; otherwise I fear for our civilization.

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  9. I am so sorry you have been unwell! I do hope you begin to feel much better very soon.
    Your beautiful post about books really interested me as I love books too. I love the look, the feel and the possibilities that they hold. Have you read any of the Courtship books? I have enjoyed reading some very old books. Imagine how many printed stories are no longer available? Must be millions!
    ((hugs))
    Terri

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  10. I love old books! And those are great finds! Hope you're feeling better and thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

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  11. Loooove old beautiful books....these are exquisite Jo...so charming and gorgeous!! your photos are fabulous and atmospheric...stunning and beautiful!!! we are such kindred spirits and like the same things!! wishing you healing sparkles and hope you feel better soon! Thankyou for this awesome post!!
    Hugs
    Kiki

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  12. I simply love books and you have a fine little collection here. Hope you start feeling better soon! Big hugs!

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  13. Good books are good friends, some can't be parted with. Hope you feel better, I too, am struggling to get past some allergy/cold/crud, a mystery ailment, two weeks and counting.

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  14. Textbooks should not disappear, a computer may run out of battery or have an averia and lost files, book lasts for always, your have the test!.Saludos

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  15. I love books and never will be into the kindle or I pad! I like something I can hold in my hand and I particularly like some of the old classics I own that have such a beautiful feel in my hands! I love those red books. Have a good week and feel better soon.

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