Friday, 8 March 2013

A home needs books...




If you are a regular visitor
to my blog you will know I'm a
book lover.
I've also been lucky to inherit
some lovely old books from
my father 
a very dear bookish man!


Like this five volume set of
The History of England
by
Lord Macaulay
published in London in
1870.




Do you know, that while taking 
photographs for this post
I was leafing through the pages
and to my surprise I became
totally absorbed.
So I've started reading Volume I,
I love history
 but I had thought 
this tome would be too stuffy!
I'll let you know how I get on...



The covers of the books are old leather
and the pages are edged with
gold leaf.



"A room without
books is like a body
without a soul." 
Cicero


The image bottom right is
Lord Macaulay.

Today I'm linking to
Mary's - 'Inspiration Thursday' 
Debra's - 'Be Inspired Thursday' 
Bernideen's - 'Open House Thursday'
and
Claudia's - 'A favorite Thing Saturday'.


À bientôt

take care of one another

Shane 





46 comments:

Bernideen said...

Oh what wonderful old books - they just speak to you don't they! A lovely post!

Magdalena said...

These books are real treasures. I can't imagine living in a house without books. I'm looking forward to your next story about books.
Magdalena

ETT RÖTT MONOGRAM said...

I love to have books, i read a lot and i like to see them. Your leather books with gold are so lovely.
Wish you a happy weekend
Hugs and love
AnnaMaria

podso said...

Wonderful photos of such delightful treasures. How fun that just opening the book drew you in to start reading!

Rhonda said...

Oh Shane, so gorgeous!! That last image tugged at my heart. How beautiful your father shared these wonderful books with you. They are in good hands. xo Rhonda

Rhonda said...

Oh Shane, so gorgeous!! That last image tugged at my heart. How beautiful your father shared these wonderful books with you. They are in good hands. xo Rhonda

Dorthe said...

Dear Shane, I also so love old leather bound books, and having gold edged pages, makes them so mush more beautiful... if then also,--like your Lord Macaulay books-the words welcome you and keep you staying reading,- they are even dearer to me.
You have the extra beauty, that they belonged to your father!
How wonderful for you.
xo,Dorthe

Vee said...

Exquisite! I hope that you find the history books a fascinating read. One thing is certain, the history is closer to the real deal than if read from a current history text.

suziqu's thread works said...

Hello Dear Shane
What a stunning collection inherited from your father! - It is good to see you reading them. Often we don't make the time to really appreciate these wonderful works. These are precious with leather covers and gold leaf binding and I know how much they mean to you!
Life has been full on here too but you are in my thoughts!
Have a lovely weekend coming up.
Be in touch soon!
Sending big hugs,
Suzy

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

They sure don't make beautiful books like that anymore. Lovely images! Best wishes to you, Tammy

Winkel's Crazy Ideas said...

Hello :-) what a lovely blog you have, so pleased l found it! (found it via ett rødt monogram). Would like to follow you, but l don't have that linky - link on my blog and wonder if your posts will show up on my blogroll. I am going to press it and try :-) Pam

Mary said...

Oh Shane, what beautiful old books they are! The crumbling leather, the fly-specked pages -- they all speak to me. But the knowledge that they come to you from your father makes them extra special! Thanks so much for contributing to Thursday's Inspiration. xoxo

Lorrie said...

Your books are beautiful, and beautifully photographed. I agree, every house needs books. I've been in some homes where there are none and the rooms look soulless.

Katy Noelle said...

That's a beautiful book and that last image is really, really lovely! I know what you mean, sometimes old books (especially that contain the word 'history' in them) appear to be so dry but, lo and behold, occasionally, I discover that they're really time machines! ;) Good luck with it all. I'm sure you'll be edified with whatever you gobble up from it! =]

Best wishes!

Katy Noelle

edenhills said...

What lovely old books! The quote you shared is perfect.

Julie said...

Hello Shane, a lovely post .,.. I too love old books, in fact, any books. Books are my escape in a way & my switch off time.
I adore your last picture with the sprig of flowers/petals on the printed word pages - just beautiful. I hope you get much enjoyment reading your history book. Wishing you a great weekend, Hugs, Julie :-)

Lavender Cottage said...

Shane, you do have some nice old leather bound books. And, wouldn't you know you'd become interested in the text and start reading one of them.
Happy reading.
Judith

Caterina Giglio said...

sigh... I think I can smell them now .. lovely post Shane...

~*~Patty S said...

your precious pink rose in the book photo reminds me of the Pink Fairy Rose that we grow here in the states...lovely photos of lovely books made all the more special that they were your sweet father's too Shane...

it is 4:30 ish in the afternoon here in Virginia and I see it's already Friday in NZ

Happy Weekend dear one
oxo

Carola Bartz said...

From your photos alone I can imagine the wonderful smell of old books. What a treasure you have here!

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

Those are wonderful treasures. Valerie

My Garden Diaries said...

Oh you are so right about books! And your set from your father are stunning! I like how you found yourself absorbed in it as you were leafing through...fantastic! Have a wonderful weekend!

Marissa said...

Love old books how awesome!!

Christine said...

They are wonderful, you are so lucky to have them

Junibears said...

You are so sweet dear Shane. Thank you for your visit and beautiful comment. I seem to be so busy trying to keep up with comments on my Flickr account I get so behind with some other dear friends, like you! Life is a struggle for us both but I thank God for what we can do..
Love and blessings my dear,
June xxx

Linda said...

I love looking at and treasuring old books that have been passed down the family. What a lovely way to appreciate them by beautifully photographing them as well as enjoy the written contents.

On Crooked Creek said...

Shane,
Exquisite vintage books!!! Gold leaf edges...you don't often find those!
I adore that these volumes are heirlooms from your Father!! Enjoy your read!
Fondly,
Pat

Linda said...

what treasures your books are Shane! I love books too.I have some that are also very old and just had to read them too :). I've also picked up some with the intention of altering and just couldn't bring myself to do it.

Donna Wilkes said...

My sentiment exactly. I pick up books everywhere. To read or to work with. I love the feel and the smell of them. Your photography was wonderful.

Chenille Cottage said...

I so agree! Our home is chocked full of good reads. There's nothing quite like snuggling under a quilt and taking in a good book.
Smiles and thanks for your kind visit to my blog.
Carolynn

Mary Redo said...

Ah, wonderful old books! And family heirlooms! Sometimes these old books really can be interested to read, if not all then sections. Thanks for sharing at Mockingbird Hill Cottage, I found your link there.

Mary

My Little Home and Garden said...

These are such wonderful photos of your treasured old books, Shane.

gardenbug said...

I posted something a bit similar a while back, mostly children's books. Obviously I agree. Love your photos too!

Diane said...

How nice to have your dad's books! I think he would love your photos too!

Maelchen said...

Hi Shane, for a long time I haven't been up to blogging butbnow I feel like visiting again. I am happy to find you well (the last time I heard of you you were up and gone to see your daughter in France). I love your post, the memories your father's books must inherit for you... I can understand that you were indulged into reading them and finding your way back memory lane... Hugs, Manu

Radka said...

I so agree with you about books, I can't imagine my life without them:-)

TracyMB @ Crows Feet Chic said...

A historical history text... sounds VERY good to me!! Visiting from Claudia's! :)

Dayle @ A Collection of This and That said...

From one bookworm to another, happy reading! That collection looks yummy to me.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Shane,

The old books are so beautiful and I love all your photographs.
The smell and the feel of the paper is so lovely and you just do not get that with an e book reader.

Hope you are enjoying the weekend and managing to stay cool. It is very hot over here.
hugs
Carolyn

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Shane,
love the books from your father - there is just something about old books. Too bad they don't make them anymore.Your photos are beautiful.Have a lovely Sunday.
Hugs,
Marie

AshTreeCottage said...

Such beautiful books! I too love books and they are in every nook and cranny of my cottage.

Big Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

Claudia said...

Shane, I so agree! A home needs books and if a home doesn't have them....I'm not so drawn to it.
Goodness, these books are gorgeous! What a wonderful inheritance from your dear father!

Thank you so much for joining in this week!

xo
Claudia

Art and Sand said...

Lovely photos.

When we downsized to our little cottage, I had no place to put my books and I felt something was missing until I could add bookcases.

8)(8 said...

We love books, we even have a room devoted to books.

You are so lucky to have inherited your father's. Lovely thoughts.



Elisabeth said...

Beautiful books and photos. Wonderful quotes too :) Elisabeth x

Haworth said...

Such beautiful books, Shane, and so much more precious for having belonged to your father. I share your love for books and agree that a home without them would be an empty place indeed!

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