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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Old Books

I am always on the hunt for old books.  They are so hard to find, so I try to get every one that I see that are at a reasonable price.   I found five at a recent trip to the thrift store and they were all just $3.00 each.  I was thrilled.

The Agony and the Ecstasy has a copyright date of 1948, and the Lust For Life was copyrighted in 1934.


The writings of Thoreau has a copyright of 1951.  I love the beautiful gold detail on all three of these books.


Of course I had to rearrange the bookcase a little to showcase these new treasures.


 I thought they looked perfect on this shelf.


I love the color and the beautiful gold detail and how much interest it adds to the vignette.


I also found these two wonderful books.   War And Peace and The Brothers Karamazov both have a copyright date of 1949.  They have such gorgeous brown leather and gold embossed covers.


Our house doesn't have an entry foyer, the front door opens right into the living room area, so I have a small chest placed by the entry door window to give the illusion of a small seperation from the living room.


I love this little piece, it has fabulous character with it's beautiful burlwood and it's graceful lines.


A small vignette on top for a little interest.  I thought the books were a nice addition to the candleholder.

I am linking to the following parties:

                                            Thrifty Thursday @ Tales From Bloggeritaville

                                             Thrifty Things Friday @ The Thrifty Groove

Frugalicious Friday @ Finding Fabulous

Thanks so much for stopping by, I always look forward to your visits. 



33 comments:

  1. Totally know what you mean about old books. I have an old Spanish primer from the early 1900's that I love. They are so fun to llok through, and they are great to decorate with.

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  2. The chest is beautiful and in the perfect spot! Love your shelves with the old books and vignettes.

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  3. Hi Marty, I'm a sucker for old books - love 'em! You got some pretty ones! Linda

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  4. Looks so good Marty...but I want to know where you got that adorable magnifying glass...

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  5. And I just got rid of more than half my book collection (though they weren't old like yours) because I was so sick of packing them!
    Brenda

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  6. What treasures you found! I love the display you created with the old books, you always come up with the best vignettes.

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  7. I love decorating with old books too. They add so much character. You've got some great looking ones.

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  8. They do look perfect on the bookcase Marty, the whole display is so pretty! Martina

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  9. Funny my post today was about vintage books! Yours are more elegant, great finds....nothing beats a book!

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  10. What a wonderful collection of vintage books you have Marty! They add so much character to a vignette. The little chest looks just perfect next to the door. I love the floral arrangement in your previous post... you always create the most wonderful floral decor. Thanks for stopping by and for your loving thoughts. It is always a pleasure to see you at my place. Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs~Poppy

    http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

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  11. These are treasures, Marty, and they look perfect on your shelf and entryway cabinet!

    Years ago we were at an estate sale and bought a big box of books as my husband loves history. Some of these were copyrighted in the late 1800's. I displayed some on a shelf and then when I redid the room, got rid of them. I could kick myself now, because they DO add warmth and personality to a room. Well, we learn!

    XO,
    Jane

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  12. Hi Marty, Today hubby and I went to the mountains and on the way down, we stopped for lunch and browsed an antique store-you would have loved it because it was mostly old books. I didn't have time to really look but I know you would have found some treasures.
    Love seeing your collections.
    Hugs, Noreen

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  13. Wow, it has been a while since I visited and your living room has really changed!

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  14. your bookcase display is so pretty Marty. I too look for old books when I'm out thrifting. there sure arent as many as there used to be.

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  15. old books are hard to find Marty, I agree. Looks like you done well. Love how you have them all displayed so pretty.

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  16. Marty, as soon as I saw your living room my eyes went right to the small gorgeous chest and it definetelly gave me the ilusion of a separation. Very clever and lovely vignette on it. I love your pretty old books, I have two cookbooks from my mil's, early 150's, but I'm not good at decorating with them, now you've inspired me. Thank you for sharing. Lots of hugs, FABBY

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  17. That spot right by the door is a nice place for your beautiful
    chest. The vignette on it is very nice featuring those old books. I think books add a lot of character to a room, just makes it look lived in and comfortable. You always get really good prices when you shop for items like the books.
    Shannon

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  18. Old books are the best to decorate with, aren't they? I think it's fun to look inside and see what was popular back in the day too. I can usually find alot, but finding them at decent prices is the trick!

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  19. Great find on the Tolstoy books! I love books.....your house is soooo clean....I always think how relaxing and clean every time I come to the blog

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  20. Don't you wish they still made beautiful book covers like those.

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  21. I love old books too, and you found some really nice ones and what a great price!
    Your chest by the entry is so pretty and perfect place for a candle and books. Love it.

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  22. I love old books too, Marty!!!
    I am also loving that sweet little chest by your front door. The woodgrain is so beautiful!

    Love your artful vignettes.
    :)

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  23. Marty, you did a wonderful job placing everything on the shelves. I love all the old books, great deals!
    Sandy

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  24. Marty,
    Beautiful old books. The bindings are wonderful, so colorful!

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  25. I adore your sweet little chest! What a great accent piece. Looks great by the door!

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  26. Old books are among my very favorite things. You got some serious treasures!

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  27. Marty, the old books look wonderful on the chest. What a beautiful vignette!

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  28. I love old books too, Marty. I've been known to make a fool of myself at the used bookstore when I run across a treasure. I love how you've displayed them. Take care.

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  29. Oh! Thoreau and Dostoevsky! Two of my favorites! Now when I visit I have something to read too!
    Beautiful! Just beautiful!

    Andie

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  30. Wow, Marty, those are really beautiful books, and you found good places to show them off.

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  31. Old books, new books...I just love books too! So cool to decorate with. Love the way you used yours, your living room is gorgeous! Great finds!

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  32. Hi Marty, I love old books too you found some wonderful ones. I love how you've showcased them. hugs ~lynne~

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  33. Hi Marty, being a retired librarian I can understand your love for old books. What an interesting collection you have. I found and am following you through Bloggeritaville and hope to visit you often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you could also follow me. I would love that. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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