Monday Coffee

IMG_4110Whoop!  Our first coffee together in the new year!  Welcome, everyone to our Monday Coffee meet up.  I hope you have all had a wonderful new year and managed to welcome in 2016 with a bang.

Shall we brew our favourite beverage and curl up on the sofa together?  Tonight, we are staying in, choosing the comfy sofa in front of the fire instead of braving the wild winds and rapid rainfall.  It has been a hectic couple of days, cleaning and packing away all the Christmas trimmings.  I always feel a little sad when I see them go and the house looks empty without the glitter.  School started for my older two today and the younger two have already tucked into bed ready for tomorrow’s start.  It does not feel as if we have had a proper holiday, but I guess everyone feels that way.

I haven’t had a chance to catch up with all my blogging friends, but a few have caught my eye. Now if you know me well enough, you will know that I love old books; the smell, print, texture of the paper and sometimes that little extra that makes them unique.  Two blogging friends have uncovered some unique books and I would like to share them with you.

Nicholas Rossis has discovered a Book of Feathers with pictures of birds in the collection of prints created from the feathers, beaks and feet of bird species.  He gives a recount on the history of the book which I would highly recommend reading as he is on a mission to find more unusual books.

Howard Loring posted a link to a beautiful book with a golden secret in its pages, a hidden picture in the gold trim on the edge of the pages.  At just the right angle, the picture exposes itself.  How wonderful!  I am hoping more pictures will surface from other book owners with unique books.

Let me refresh your cup and you can tell me if you have ever stumbled across rare books.  Have you ever gone to a book shop holding first editions of classic tales?  I have been lucky enough to visit two bookshops dealing in first editions and it’s very hard for me to contain my excitement as I stand there surrounded by overflowing bookshelves, low ceilings and the musky smell of old ink.  The dream is to one day treat myself to a book, though I first have to prepare a safe place for it out of the destructive hands of those who don’t understand its value!

Which book would you consider as the most valuable in your library?


19 responses to “Monday Coffee

  1. Annette Rochelle Aben

    Nourishing Traditions is my current, most valuable book. Filled with healthy, information about the food we eat and why we need to employ nourishing traditions! ❤

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  2. I ❤ old books. Probably the most valuable to me are the ones I've saved from childhood (and some of them were already old when I found them in a local book shop, such as the Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue series). Although they don't have any monetary value they inspired me to write my own books for children.


    • Me too! My brother and I have held onto books my parents owned as children and we keep them safe as their sentimental value outweighs their monetary value. I look forward to reading some of your children’s books. Thank you so much for sharing.


  3. Pingback: A 400-Year-Old Book Made Entirely of Feathers | Nicholas C. Rossis

  4. Thank you so much for the kind mention! I loved the fore-edge painting video so much, that I actually added it to my own post as a bonus – with a link to you, of course. Seeing that scenery revealed was like a medieval Easter egg 🙂

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  5. Mostly nowadays I read on my Kindle but I still enjoy paper books especially old ones. My most valuable old books are the complete set of the History of the Second World War by Winston Churchill which I inherited from my dad. Probably sentimental value more than anything. Thanks for the coffee!

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  6. my 1st edition of an Enid Blyton book Mr Gallios circus, it is less sexist than a lot of her other ones and use to be my favourte book as a child,


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