I've been appreciating old books more and more lately, and I'm not the only one. Gorgeous vintage books have been popping up in home decor magazines, on Pinterest, and on blogs all over the web. Not only that, books and book pages are being used in a multitude of amazing craft projects.
Today I'd like to share some of my favorite book finds in my wanderings as an antique dealer. I'm going to start with the most beautiful books I've ever found. They were collections of poetry that had a recessed cover housing a celluloid image. They all sold quickly in my antique mall booth:
The spines were so lovely. They would look wonderful lined up on a shelf, although you wouldn't be able to see the covers. What a dilemma!
This set of German books sold long ago too. I liked them for their color:
More recently, I picked up this leather-bound set of history books:
I love the paper inside:
Inside were beautiful maps:
I've been finding great deals on sets of books at estate sales, and I've listed a few of my finds in my Etsy shop. They make such a wonderful decorative element when you mix all the time-worn colors together. Here is a grouping I'm selling to a friend:
Still in my car because I just bought them yesterday, I'd like to show you a set of health encyclopedias with lovely embossed covers (below left). Published in 1929, they were fun to peruse:
Purportedly about "health", the books spent a lot of time on the topics of beauty and fashion, which are subjective topics that change over time.
The book talks about "racial personality", whatever that means, and shows this image of an Asian man and woman:
I love the images used in the books. Very typical of the 1920's, and in beautiful color:
Examples of "physical personality" such as height and muscle development:
"Beauty of hair, skin and eyes and personal charm in general, involve personal care."
One of the encyclopedias had this fabulous fold-out anatomy model:
And look what we have here! The editor himself, showing off his physique in his Roman sandals:
I could spend all day looking through old books. They are an endless source of amusement to me! I will share some more of my finds in an upcoming blog post.