After breakfast this morning, I went into my living room to read, and glanced at the bookshelves to see what needed straightening. I noticed some old books that I had gotten from my mom years ago, and looked at them again. I was surprised to see how old one of them was and I can't imagine why I never noticed this one before. I scanned 5-6 pages into the computer, but Picasa won't let me post them at present, so I'll have to tell you about them.
The oldest is "Sketches & Incidents;
A Budget from the Saddle-bags
George Peck, Editor
Published by G. Lane & C.B. Tippett,
for the Methodist Episcopal Church,
200 Mulberry Street, J. Collord, Printer.
On the inside cover is written in fancy script:
John B. Terry, Patchogue, LI Jan. 1st 1848
Mr. kenju said he didn't know Patchogue had been around that long.
Can you imagine how it feels to hold a 165 year old book in your hands? I know there are many books in existence that are older - but I don't own them - lol. I looked it up on an old books site; they have two for sale, neither of which is as old as this one. They are selling for $33 and $50+ each. Too bad it isn't a first edition. It was entered, according to an Act of Congress, in the year 1843. I bet the first edition is worth a good bit more!
There was also a beautifully bound version of Black Beauty. The book is not dated, but the inscription says "To Mildred from Howard "X-Mas" 1905. The cover is aqua tooled leather with shamrocks outlined in gold and cobalt blue flowers. Hopefully, I'll get to post the photos of them soon.