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About meProfile art complements of www.fromoldbooks.org
I am one of those people who love books for the sake of the book. It engages most of the human senses. Of course I enjoy reading them too. For the most part I collect them because they would be interesting to read someday. I realize that I will never read all of them. Many people don't think of books as a collectible hobby - only utilitarian. I've seen collections of hundreds of dolls for instance that just sit to be looked at or touched. That seems to be acceptable. Why not books too?
I like all kinds of hardcover books, especially older books that have inscriptions in them. It gives me a thrill to think I am holding a book that someone gave as a gift in 1889! It makes me wonder how many hands have held this book?
I really enjoy quality made books. On standard books, I generally do not like dust jackets. Naturally they are there as a marketing tool to capture your attention and I do like some of the art work. I have to keep them though since for some reason they are a "prized" part of the book. I think it strange that the dust jacket makes all the difference in the value of a book (standard books), not the quality of the construction.
A Favorite Quote
"Writing - the art of communicating thoughts to the mind, through the eye - is the great invention of the world. Great in the astonishing range of analysis and combination which necessarily underlies the most crude and general conception of it - great, very great in enabling us to converse with the dead, the absent, and the unborn, at all distances of time and space."
--Abraham Lincoln, Lecture on Discoveries and Inventions, Feb 11,1859
I have about 30 aquariums. Mostly freshwater tanks with live plants and live-bearers (fish). I frequent Natural Aquariums in the forums section.
About my libraryCurrent Subscriptions/Memberships
Easton Press: Reader's Choice 2013 #2878
The Library Of America
Tag Codes Key
ep100 - Easton Press 100 Greatest Books Ever Written
epGb20c - Easton Press Greatest Books of the 20th Century
epMsf - Easton Press Masterpieces of Science Fiction
epClfe - Easton Press Collector's Library of Famous Editions
epHH - Easton Press Horatio Hornblower Series
epSfe - Easton Press Signed First Editions
epStoryCiv - Easton Press Story of Civilization
epRc2354 - Easton Press Reader's Choice 2009 #2354
epRc2629 - Easton Press Reader's Choice 2010 #2629
epRc2843 - Easton Press Reader's Choice 2011 #2843
epRc2585 - Easton Press Reader's Choice 2012 #2585
epRc2878 - Easton Press Reader's Choice 2013 #2878
epFeRc2655 - Easton Press Famous Editions Reader's Choice 2010 #2655
epGab - Easton Press Greatest Adventure Books
epTarzan - Easton Press Tarzan Series
epBcw - Easton Press Books That Changed The World
fpGmal100 - Franklin Press (Library) 100 Greatest Masterpieces of American Literature
fp100 - Franklin Press (Library) Greatest 100 Books of all Time
fpSfe - Franklin Press (Library) Signed First Editions
sf - Science Fiction
Books on Books - This tag contains books about books, writing, reading, authors or literature.
Groups2015 ROOT Challenge - (Read Our Own Tomes), 50 Book Challenge, A Pearl of Wisdom and Enlightenment, Bookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Books on Books, Classical Music, Easton Press Collectors, Ebook, Folio Society devotees, George Macy devotees —show all groups, Group Reads - Literature, Library of America Subscribers, Photography, ReadaThing
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LocationToledo, OH USA
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Account typepublic, lifetime
Member sinceSep 23, 2006
Currently readingMiddlemarch - Part 1 by George Eliot
Main street by Sinclair Lewis
In Defense of a Liberal Education by Fareed Zakaria