Saturday, May 11, 2013

Collections ~ Part Four (I Think???)

A long (LONG) time ago, I undertook to share some of my collections on a monthly or so basis....Then "it" happened (you know, the part where I fell into the Great Abyss, never to be heard from for months on end???)  Well, since I'm trying to pull myself back up and outta the big, black, hole of nothingness, I thought it would be a good time to revive the tradition.  

Le'see....I think I left off on Part this makes Part 4, no?


Old books....

Wanna distract me for hours and hours on end?  Plop me down in a place with old books (or an old cemetery!) and you're good to go...for a good long time. are a few of the ones in my collection.  I do have separate collections of old Halloween books and children's Christmas books - but those will have to wait for another day....

I tend to gravitate toward old bibles, catechisms, and other religious books:
 (Leather teacher's edition bible - undated)
 (Heidelberg Catechism - undated, but inscribed 1885)

I have a particular fondness for old leather bounds:
This is one of my oldest and very favorites:  The Christian's Manual - 1801
  It is bound in leather like a fabric covering and hand-stitched.....
Little red leather bible - 1852
I also love old school books and readers:

Particularly those that retain their old calico and homespun fabric coverings (hearkening to a day when books were treasures to be kept and cherished):



Old medical books:

(Gray's Anatomy Descriptive and Surgical - 1870; Maternity: A Book For Every Wife and Mother - 1887)
Old cookbooks:
 (The Housekeeper Cookbook - 1894)
Large books:
(Catholic Truth - 1897 - It measures 12" x 10")

It has some gorgeous illustrations:

Note crow-like bird over his shoulder.  ;o)

Small books:
(From the Little Leather Library Collection)

Just plain, old, good reading books:

Well.....uhmmm.....yeah....I guess you get the idea.
Love 'em.....

Wishing you all a wonderfully blessed Mother's Day!!


Sandra said...

A wonderful post. I share your love of olde books and basically anything olde. Thanks for taking the time to share.
Homespun Elegance

Angela said...

Robin, you have some of the most amazing collections! Can I come to Nod and hang out with you and browse your home for awhile? Love all your displays. Happy Mother's Day to you as well.

Primitive Stars said...

Hello Dear Friend, love this post so, such beautiful old worn books, very nice collection........they were once loved so very much and still are today......Happy Mother's Day to you Robin, Hugs Francine.

Anonymous said...

if I come across any old books I know who to send them to!! Happy Mothers Day!

Woman Seeking Center said...

Beautiful images Robin! Yet another thing we share (love of old books). I've always thought of them as time machines ~ windows into the past, from covers to illustrations to paper to words...
(and if they have ads of the time I literally swoon, lol)

Love your sharing of you collections - please DO begin work on installments yet to be shared!

Hugs (did I mention how GOOD it is to have you back posting)?!

Kim said...

My Mom would have loved your collection. She was crazy about old books too.

Cabin Fever Primitives said...

Your book collection is awesome, I have a few as well but not that many!!! Old books are a testament to another time, they are just a peaceful lot, cozy in a way. Thanks for sharing, I really enjoyed viewing them.
Hugs, Connie

Nancy said...

"Happy Mothers Day!"

Willow said...

Nice collection, nice collection indeed!

BumbleBeeLane said...

My weekness although I don't collect them I buy them.Have trouble selling them so they sit in boxes or shelves.Every week I say no more till some are sold but I cave.Like a whole other world of wonder.Warm Blessings!~Amy

HomeSpunPrims said...

You have so many wonderful looking old books and I love how you display them. Thanks for showing us. Take care my friend and know you are thought of very often and in my prayers. Happy Mother's Day. I hope little crow is doing well. Big Hugs, Lori

Pamela@ Our Pioneer Homestead said...

I love old school books!

Rugs and Pugs said...

Robin ~
Your have THE BESTEST collections!
I hope all is well and life is returning to normal, whatever that is.
Happy Mother's Day.
Hugs :)

A Primitive Place ~ Tammy said...

Wonderful collection!

Raggedy Creations said...

Great collection Robin. Do you have them all on a wall case.
My grandfather liked old books too. I have some of his school readers. I don't think they are McGuffy though. I remember when I was little he would read to us a story of a lamplighter from one of the readers.


Theresa said...

Robin there is nothing better then the written word. I love the feel of the page in my hand too. I will never read books on a computer... it just isn't right...for me that is. I use to microfilm old of a kinds...that would be hand delivered and I would be watched as I filmed these beauties. The book would never leave the care takers watchful eyes. I really liked that job. :0)

Karen said...

As collections go this one is a beauty! Goodness what a range of subjects!
I love how you have them all displayed too.

prims by olde lady morgan said...

WOW! Robin, what a great collection...and you say there is a Halloween collection? Oh my... love! OLM

Roberta said...

Lovely books! Thank you for sharing your collections. You have influenced my collecting habits by reminding me of the importance of focus! ~Roberta

Raymond Homestead said...

What a great collection, I just love old books and journals.