Monday, April 26, 2010

For the Love of Vintage Books



I am not an avid reader. Magazines, yes I can do, but long novels I cannot. But nothing deters me from smelling and touching a vintage book. I took these photo's recently at the Beach House NZ. Aren't they just stunning. One day I would love to have a huge bookcase full of old books like this.
photo's taken by me

28 comments:

  1. My MIL use to collect The Wizard of Oz series.. She was able to get a few first editions... Acres and Acres was an old used bookstore she use to go to.. You;d be surprised as to what u can find!.

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  2. Me not reader!! I do love a good magazine, but as a maths/ science type, reading is torture!! They look nice but honestly, in our house, tonnes of children's books & cook books, husband's books, just craft books for me. Love Posie

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  3. yes they are gorgeous Simone.
    xx

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  4. I like the covers and illustrations on the inside covers on many of old books.

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  5. I LOVE old books, just saw an author there that I collect. I love the smell of old books too.
    xoxo DJ
    ps I have five bookcases of books...do I have a slight problem :o

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  6. Oh yes they are rather nice aren't they, but then again it sounds like the entire house was TDF! I love old books but most especially old childrens books...love those big old annuals and the cute illustrations.
    Have a gorgeous day ( oh and I am so with you on the magazine thing, I think I need to cull some of my huge collection...but how can I and what would I do with them??)
    Kiss Noises Linda

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  7. I so agree with you on that my friend...love the smell and look of all old books..I dug a few out this weekend and found out I had a treasure of beauties stashed away..their covers are amazingly beauitul..in all my favourite colours. Hugs for a great week. xoxo

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  8. I love vintage books. I can never resist picking one up when I'm in an antique store!

    pixiedrivein.blogspot.com

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  9. hi simone,

    what interesting designs!

    xo
    elyse

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  10. I LOVE the smell of vintage books!!

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  11. i am totally the same way, but i am trying to read more often.
    its hard and it feels like a chore.
    but i also love how books look especially hese!
    so beauutiful.<3

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  12. I am a mad bookworm (I also devour magazines too) And I love vintage books as well. And vintage childrens books like Ladybird and Little Golden books, Enid Blyton etc. Sigh. Such a lovely post and my small terrace if filled with books old and new! xx

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  13. I love old books too but the smell of them makes me sneeze. I have a freind who reuses old book to make amazing art. I have a piece of hers that I must post one day - it's a beautiful paper doll dress.
    Have a great week!

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  14. Even if you don't read them the look of old books on a bookshelf is fabulous
    Alison

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  15. I am not a long books person either! I love reading short stories and really enjoyed A Woman's Europe by Marybeth Bond. It contains lots of true life stories and amazing experiences of women travelling around the world. I just used to read one story before going to bad:) As for the vintage books, they've certainly got something about them. I have a few vintage needlecraft books and love them! I really want a huge library room too with armchair near the window....

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  16. My aim in life is to have a whole bookshelf full of old books too :D I just love them!

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  17. you don't need to read them all- just surrounding yourself with them is enough- one day.....
    melissa x

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  18. I must admit, I do love a novel when I have the time but I also loves books as a decorating item. The outside cover is very important!! Love the ones in that second photo.
    ALicia
    ps. have had to type this a few times as my bourbon and coke is messing with my fingers ha! So nice to kick back after a loooong weekend.

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  19. O I love vintage books! *sigh* I dream of a gorgeous over stuffed study ;)

    Fab post!

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  20. i, have been forced, well, not forced, but it's been suggested and of course i follow, to read tons and tons of books for classes, so i cannot wait for summer to read something that i choose, that's not chosen for me! i love the textural element that books add to spaces. color and warmth too. those are fabulous!

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  21. I've added old books to my search at my favorite junk haunts myself!
    Brenda

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  22. Oh, these look divine. Anthropologie stores have "vintage-looking" books that I like to drool over, but nothing beats the real thing.

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  23. I feel the same way about vintage books

    ~ although I love to read , I can't focus on anything that is not present day.

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  24. I agree - they're such gorgeous things! Leigh

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  25. i absolutely adore vintage books! :)

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  26. Oh, those are gorgeous, Simone...I am both an avid magazine and book reader - those books sing to me! Have a beautiful day! xxoo :)

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  27. OMG Simone gorgeous I went on the web site to look at the house I just have to stay there when we go to NZ (lets hope there is a vacancy) Mu husband would be in his element he loves books!!!

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  28. i just love old vintage books... i dont read most of them... but they look pretty... however,my favorite ones are gardening books... esp roses... and i do love referencing these and of course looking at all of the amazing photos... xx

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