Friday, February 8, 2008

SHOW & TELL '08 #6 - Old Books

Friday and Show & Tell. Go to Kelli's, at There is no place like home, to find out all about it. Then write your post, go back to Kelli's and sign up on Mr. Linky and then enjoy viewing all the wonderful things that are shown on Show & Tell.


Today I am showing you two shelves of my MANY bookshelves. These two shelves hold old books (except for one which I'll explain at the end). These books are true treasures to me because all (but the large ones on the second shelf) belonged to my father. It was he who taught me the value and importance of books and reading




I will list them from left to right by color, date of publication and name.



1) Red - 1927 - The World's One Hundred Best Short Stories

2) Blue - 1909 - The Best Of The World's Classics

3) Grey - 1915 - Mental Efficiency Series: Poise- Character- Timidity- Influence- Commom Sense- Opportunities- Personality

4) Red - 1929 - The Worlds 1000 Best Poems

5) Blue - 1923 - The New Testament

6) Maroon - 1926 - The Secret Of The Ages



Second Shelf

1) Light Red - 1928 - The Life Magnet

2) Red - 1904 - Ivanhoe

3) Red - 1927 - The Secret of Gold



A close up of The New Testament - An American Translation by Goodspeed.


I picked the familiar text of John 1:1-5 to quote from this version:

"In the beginning the Word existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was divine. It was he that was with God in the beginning. Everything came into existence through him, and apart from him nothing came to be. It was by him that life came into existence, and that life was the light of mankind. The light is still shining in the darkness, for the darkness has never put it out."

This small book, tucked in at the end, we purchased when we visited Washington, DC in 2001,

Another small book, that I failed to take a picture of, is Presidents of the United States, published in 1975. The book has a picture and brief history of all the Presidents from George Washington through Gerald Ford in 1974.


The 6 larger books, to the right on the second shelf, came with an Encyclopedia set we purchased when our girls were young. The encyclopedias are long since gone but we kept these books. Our son, Marc, has a couple more of this set at his home.


Thank you for letting me show you just a few of my many, many books and share my joy of the written word with you.

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42 comments:

Hootin' Anni said...

I love books too!!! And these, being that they are your fathers, are priceless!!!

My show n tell is a Valentine wreath I made this week. I do hope you can drop by for a visit.

Constance said...

Books are indeed treasures! When I was a lonely, young girl, books were the means in which I would escape! Even today, I am an avid reader! I am currently on my 3rd biography on Theodore Roosevelt.
Connie

Maxine said...

Susan, You have the BEST show and tell posts! What wonderful treasures these books are! I am another one who loves books, but particularly old ones as I love old things (including myself, who I kind of like). Some of these I never heard of and boy do I like the sound of them.
Things we receive from our parents are particularly precious to us, and to think you can pass these on to YOUR children and grandchildren. This was a wonderful show and tell. Thanks for sharing your treasures with the rest of us.

ellen b. said...

Books are a weekness of mine. I've always loved to be surrounded by them. It's nice that you have books from your father. Enjoy..

Cheryl said...

I love old books...but I use mine in art pieces. I don't know why, but I love the smell of old books... funny huh~

Tiffany said...

What treasures! I love your books. Thanks for sharing this w/ all of us! Blessings on your day!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Your father's book collection is indeed a treasure!

Thanks for sharing something so dear to your heart.

Katherine

P.S. - I hope to continue working on the archive post this weekend, thanks for the email!

Leah said...

Susan, I adore your copy of the constitution! i love books..i just packed most of ours up however, in preparation for moving..sigh...

Gattina said...

We have a lot of bookshelves too and hundreds of books in four languages, Italian, german, french and english.we both have always been bookworms, lol !

MyJourneyBack said...

What a lovely Show and Tell. Yes I love books too. Thanks for visiting me. I know your fathers books are a treasure. Thank you for showing them. It gives me an idea for a post. I have some of my daddy's books. They are much different from yours though.
Thanks for sharing and visiting too. Have a Blessed Day.

diana said...

what a great collection. books are such a treasure and the older and more loved they are, make them soooo special. thanks for sharing them.

have a great weekend.

Barbara H. said...

I almost showed my "classic" books one time for S&T -- I might still. How special that these came from your dad!

pearlie said...

Hi Susan,
Thanks for dropping in time and again at my blog - and yes, the spiritual battle in indeed real. Thanks for praying and please continue to pray that it will not only be talk and no action.

Ooooh, you know I lurve books :) And I was just working on my John 1:1-18 assignment before dropping in here, and it was nice reading the Goodspeed translation you have posted.

Our Peculiar Life said...

Books make me drool like food makes other people drool. LOL. Thanks for sharing...they are very special being your fathers!

Mrs M said...

Old books are a favourite treasure of mine as well and the fact that these were once your father's makes them extra special :-)

Mrs. Mordecai said...

I love your old books! I collect them, too, but unfortunately they're all packed away right now. We'll get them out soon, though!

I have a few of the Mental Efficiency series, too. It's fun to see all of them!

Have you thought putting the pre-1922 books on Project Gutenberg? I've been trying to get some of mine in and it's slow going, but I think it will be worth it!

kbbryant said...

Your classic books are wonderful. I noticed that the covers look wonderful on display as well as special to read. A lot of the books on my shelves are ones we read but not necessarily attractive on the shelves. Yours are both.
Kathy b

MammyT said...

I love your books, Susan. That is a wonderful treasure of reference
resources. Vintage texts are so precious, and a family heirloom as well. God bless all who teach their children the value of the written word. I still make my grandchildren open new books like I learned to from the librarian in my child hood, and of course I do it myself. Thank you for sharing.
Nancy

Nora Lee said...

I love books, and have them everywhere, much to my husbands dismay ;) Thank you so much for sharing.

Sandra

genny said...

Oh my hubby loves books but myself not really. He has a library inside our bedroom in case he likes to read he will get it and read.

Sondra said...

Love your books. It is great that they belonged to your father. I have so many books I think I need to turn one room into a library.

Tracy said...

Wow! What a great collection, Susan! How I would have loved to have those while I was growing up.

TJ said...

That is quite the collection! I could be busy for days reading through them.

jennifer said...

Susan I bought a Salvation Army Hymnal today for .59 ...if you lived near me I would give it to you. The only date I can find is a 1945 dedication insert. It's binding is rough but the pages look good. I love old books too! Jennifer

cherished*vintage said...

Hi Susan! I love old books too. It's so nice to see yours so lovingly displayed and in such great condition. Thanks for sharing them with us today.
-Karoline

Mary said...

I love books. I read all the time. There is always a book (or 20) on my nightstand. When I go to bed, I relax by reading. I've done this since childhood. If I don't read, I have trouble falling asleep.

The Testament and the Constitution are lovely. Thanks so much for sharing this collection.

Blessings,
Mary

~Just A Thought Ginger said...

No one has more facinating things than you!

Connie Marie said...

Hi Susan, did you read all of them?
It has been fun checking in with all the show and tell blogs. There are so many!
You have a cool collection of books.

Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special said...

Hi Susan, I love to read also , but don't have a special collection like you...I don't have any book shelves neither...You are so neat with your display.Thanks for sharing..

Myrna said...

True Treasures! I can't imagine being without books. Thanks for sharing.

nannykim said...

So interesting--what in the world is the Secret of the Ages? Wish I could brouse (hmmm, how do you spell it////)

Julieann said...

OHH!!! What treasures you have--I just adore books--ALL books:)

Julieann

Sharon said...

I love them! I have a book addiction too! I have so many it is ridiculous! I love all of yours. They are so neat because they were from your father! How wonderful.

Hugs, Sharon

Linda said...

I love and appreciate books too. These are just wonderful and true treasures from you dad. Linda

Meredith Teagarden said...

Susan! You and I both love books :). I have a nice collection I have collected over my life. Mainly second hand, garage sailing, and so on. I have a lot of children's books in the mix. This is a love my own mother gave me, starting with Raggedy Ann books by Johnny Gruelle.

I enjoyed the traslation you shared. Beautifully said.

Betty said...

Your bookshelf looks so neat and organized, and I really enjoyed seeing them and reading about how old these books are.

Feathering My Nest said...

You have a priceless collection of books! What a wonderful library from your father. I am happy for you that you still have them and in beautiful condition. Kathi

Anonymous said...

Oh Susan! I love the books that you have shared. I knew that you loved books too, but wow!

Sorry to just comment, I have been out for a bit!
Jennifer
penofjen

Kelli said...

I love books too, Susan! You have shared some beautiful treasures with us and you have them displayed so nicely too!
Hugs,
Kelli

Karla said...

What a neat collection! Thank you for sharing!

Lori said...

Wonderful set of books, Susan.

I love to read.

Lisa said...

Hey Susan...these are great! Would love to thumb throught these!