OLD BOOKS AND ALLERGIES

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

You may remember when I moved my desk over so that I could open up the doors. If not you can read it here. I wanted to be able to enjoy looking at the old books inside. 


I love my old books. See those suitcases? They are also filled with old books. I just don't have enough room to display them all. 


I remember the Christmas when I was seven, I got two Nancy Drew books as part of the things I got from Santa. I was so excited and I read those two books in two days. 

I've now started to collect Nancy Drew books.


Several years ago I decided to buy a box of old books at an auction because there was one Nancy Drew book in it. I think I paid $3.00 for the box. Imagine my excitement when I found this book in the box. 


No it isn't a Nancy Drew, but it is a Louisa May Alcott. I love her books and it had quite a surprise inside. 

 
A note that she had handwritten to her readers. I really cherish this, knowing that she held this book in her hands.

Now about those allergies. I conveniently let it slip my mind about one of the main reasons I closed the doors on my desk. I am allergic to the books. It kind of came back to me when I started feeling pretty bad sitting in my living room. 

Now I have closed the doors again. Aesthetics are great, but the ability to breathe is a bit more important, and I can take one out, dust it off, and enjoy it when I want. 



Comments

  1. First, that first photo is just so inviting! I've collected old books for years, especially children's books, but recently have given away hundreds of books due to moving to a smaller living space. And I'm sorry about your allergies. I ordered a book through eBay, but had to discard it due to a musty smell. I like your two horse photos, by the way. The room looks lovely!

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  2. Sorry about not being able to keep the doors of the cabinet open. I had all the Nancy Drew collection as a kid too. Loved them. How exciting and special to have the signed copy and special notation in side of Eight Cousins. Have a great week Laura.
    xoxo
    Kris

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  3. Love your desk. So sorry for your allergies. I take Zyrtec every night and it really helps. Hope you have a sneeze-free week, Laura.

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  4. Yeah, I know what you mean. This air conditioning mess has my asthma going again. Such a wonderful find with the handwriting from the author!
    Brenda

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  5. What a wonderful collection of old books. I love them too. I read all the Nancy Drews as a child too, and have saved a few that my mom saved, and now I have them. My mom's cousins worked at the Multnomah County Library in Portland, Oregon and so they collected alot of old signed books which I have a few of. They had a complete collection of Louisa May Alcott books which I now have! I haven't looked to see if any are signed and I need to do that. I treasure those and my Nancy Drews. I only have a few, but they bring back such wonderful memories of my love for reading. I also loved the Bobsey Twins! I never thought of that - having allergy problems from the old books. I do notice when I go into many antique stores, I start feeling yucky sometimes, with the must and dust and probably old books! Sometimes I have to leave the store. Have a good week! Marilyn

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  6. Hi Laura, such a nice surprise to find that note inside Eight Cousins. I was a tad late for Nancy Drew.

    My first full series of books I read cover to cover was Little House by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I remember them like it was yesterday.

    Better you close the doors then suffer with allergies.

    Enjoy

    Cindy

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  7. Laura, Your books are true treasures. An amazing find in the 3 dollars box of books. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  8. Beautiful. The signed book found a good home.

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