book finds

So, as we are starting to build up a decent amount of pretty and/or old books at home, I thought I would start a label called "book finds" and start posting pictures of them :) In this post, I'll be showing you a particularly beautiful book, titled Lalla Rookh. It's a story by Thomas Moore (not to be confused with Thomas More), written in 1817. This particular copy of the book is an 1880's copy, I believe, as it has an engraving on the bottom edge of the cover reading "COPYRIGHT 1884 BY T.Y. CROWELL & CO." Thomas Moore was an Irish poet, singer, songwriter, and gained considerable popularity in both Ireland and England. He apparently is considered Ireland's National Bard, and holds a position in Irish esteem similar to Robert Burns in Scotland.

Trina found this copy at Village Merchants in Portland for somewhere around $5, I think, which is quite a bargain considering the condition it's in and how amazing it is.

Ok, are you ready for the pictures yet? :) Yes? Ok.

If you follow the link to the picture in Picasa, and then zoom in on the picture (there's a little magnifying glass icon in the top right of the main image area), you can see more of the detail in the cover, which is really extraordinary. The picture doesn't really do the texture justice, it looks even more beautiful in real life.

There's something about ink applied by typewriter or old typesetting machines that just looks very comfortable or cozy somehow. I don't know if it's the type fonts they used, or the particular way the ink looks applied to the page, or what, but it is just really aesthetically pleasing. Not to mention the paper is extremely thick (it feels like about 3-4 typical pages in a standard hardback book these days), and the smell of old books...

It has some fantastic images in it as well...

And the page decorations with the little frame around the page make it look really nice as well.

You definitely should follow the links to the actual images and zoom in to see more of the details, it's worth looking at.

And here's the spine, with some more wonderful detail, like the cover has.

I'm just starting to read the book today, so I don't have much to say about the content so far, but the book itself is beautiful. Hope you've enjoyed this little show :) Cheers!


  1. I just love old books...well, actually any books! My father gave me a really old copy of Romeo and Juliet for my birthday...it's so wonderful!