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Old travel guidebook collection

I don't care for the "mint condition" guidebooks. No, I prefer the well used books that were held by hands of a traveler. Travelers who, for instance, had their worn copy of Baedeker's Northern Italy open while they gazed upon the Roman Coliseum and then notated the margins with but a glimpse of their thoughts:

 

"Wonderful."

 

Memories of those long gone and all but forgotten are preserved in little mysterious notes and underlinings. Remnants of a time when a traveler's confidante wore a red jacket and knew how to keep a secret.

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Uploaded on April 3, 2007