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    Sitting in the same morning sun that so fascinated me in the previous posts.
    (They are normally kept in the shade – don’t worry book lovers!!)

    “Last Essays of Elia” – first published in 1833. This book was printed in 1902 although it looks older. It has a written inscription inside from a “John Mair McKenzie” from Woodend, Kings Gate (Aberdeen, Scotland). Elia was a pseudonym used by Charles Lamb of London b1775 - d1834. They’re still pretty good essays.

    “The Duty of Man”. Printed in 1812 and in pretty bad shape. I don’t much hold to its contents. In fact I find the whole god fearing diatribe mildly amusing….I doubt anything quite like this could be published today. The first page: “The Complete DUTY OF MAN or a system of doctrinal and practical Christianity to which are added forms of prayer and office of devotions for thr various circumstances of life. Designed for the use of families by Henry Venn AM. Rector of Yelling in Huntingdonshire and Chaplian to the Earl of Buchan” My goodness! Yelling indeed – the poor Earl!!!

    “Companions of Columbus”. This edition is specially bound as a prize given by the Edinburgh Angus Club in 1844.. This is a brilliant book!! Printed in Temple Bar London and bound at number 35 South Bridge, Edinburgh. This documents the adventures of those that followed immediately in Columbus’ wake – Alonzo De Ojeda, Pedro A Nino, Chris Guerra. Vincente Yanez Pinzon etc.etc. And many outrages were they guilty of too!!!!

    OK – swotty moment over and done with!!!

    tarotastic, akapype, jmeronen, and 10 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Joseph Robertson 116 months ago | reply

      Old books. Yum. Are the bindings actually sewn on cords or are those raised strips on the spine just for decoration? Nice hot stamping on the cover of Columbus... okay, I'll stop already-- I sound like a book snob or something!

    2. Lynn Morag 116 months ago | reply

      Thanks for sharing something of these wonderful books!

    3. Newell the Jewell [deleted] 116 months ago | reply

      you sound like a true bibliophile.
      great literary background. thanks for sharing this.

    4. Freddie jr 116 months ago | reply

      Pretty cool, the oldest book I own is "Canada's Patriot Statesman; The Life & Career Of The Right Hon. Sir John A. Macdonald" released in 1891 right after his death

    5. peggy. 116 months ago | reply

      perfect light

    6. freemysoul 116 months ago | reply

      Lovely picture ...
      I'm fond of old books, old libraries !!

    7. Martin Playing With Pixels & Words 115 months ago | reply

      wonderful title compliments the thoughtful image.

    8. sue blue 115 months ago | reply

      From the thumbnail, this looked like candy because of the colors! Brain candy, close up.

    9. tarotastic 115 months ago | reply

      Beautiful lighting and colours

    10. Dean Ayres 114 months ago | reply

      Great composition and informative comment.

    11. Kateimi 87 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a new group called Antique Bookbinding, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    12. kuer90.1 77 months ago | reply

      A great photo! I've included it - with attribution to you per the Creative Commons stipulations - on our talk show's web-page at www.publicbroadcasting.net/kuer/news.newsmain?action=arti.... We are an NPR affiliate in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    13. Peter Kofler 70 months ago | reply

      Thank you for the nice picture. I used it for a non commercial presentation about Practical Unit Testing (a quality related topic in Software engineering), given at the local Java Student User Group. It was the perfect motivation picture for the topic "Books". Thanks again.

    14. SHINE «KWS» 69 months ago | reply

      Nicely Captured ..
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