Old Books, New Light

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!!!


  • Joseph Robertson 10y

    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!
  • Lynn Morag PRO 10y

    Thanks for sharing something of these wonderful books!
  • Newell the Jewell 10y

    you sound like a true bibliophile.
    great literary background. thanks for sharing this.
  • Fred. A. Collins jr. 10y

    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
  • Peggy J Hughes 10y

    perfect light
  • freemysoul PRO 10y

    Lovely picture ...
    I'm fond of old books, old libraries !!
  • Martin Playing With Pixels & Words PRO 10y

    wonderful title compliments the thoughtful image.
  • Sue Spolan 10y

    From the thumbnail, this looked like candy because of the colors! Brain candy, close up.
  • Taro Taylor PRO 10y

    Beautiful lighting and colours
  • Lida PRO 10y

  • Dean Ayres 10y

    Great composition and informative comment.
  • Kateimi 7y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a new group called Antique Bookbinding, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.
  • KUER FM90 7y

    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.
  • Peter Kofler 6y

    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.
  • Ahmad Al-Saleh 6y

    Nicely Captured ..
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