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:
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.