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Dottie May

Oldest Book You Own

Perhaps some of you have Family Bibles that go back yonks - I haven't by the way but I do have a book that belonged to my Grandfather entitled "Cassell's Family Magazine" 1881. There are some fascinating articles on fashions complete with pictures. Also read the following - "Cooking by Electricity. A surprise is in store for the scientific world. An ingenious Frenchman, M. Salignac, fired with the ambition to outdo his fellow-countryman M. Mouchot's feat of cooking food by sunshine, proposes so it is said, to fit up an electrical cooking range wih the object of providing a variety of dishes cooked by the heat generated from the electric current. That an electric current is capable of producing an intense degree of heat, is of course, well known - but whether this heat can e turned to anything like the same practical account as the light, remains yet to be proved." Gosh, we've come a long way from then. Dottie Mayx

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Elpe

Eaton's Catalogue 1901

Eaton's was a large department store in Canada (now a shopping mall and office complex) and I have a copy of their 1901 catalogue (actually a repro). It is fascinating and hilarious to peruse! Corsets, waists, bustles, incubators, gas lamps, horse goods - and the prices are priceless! You could buy a bicycle skirt, waist 22" for $3.50 though I suppose that would have been a small fortune in those days.
Also I have a German dictionary, Fl&"
252;gel's, dated 1853, 750 pages in the most stylish German script. It was given to me by a patient of my father's when she knew I was studying German at school many moons ago.

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Dottie May

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Thanks Elpe - enjoyed reading that. Dottie Mayx

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Dolores

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My catechism....from when I was 6...xx

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Biggles !

No heirlooms as such

but treasures to me.
I've got Volume 1 and 51 from the Laurel and Gold series, The Book of Narrative Poetry, which I believed belonged to my Mum. Volume 51 was printed in 1943.

I bought a reprint of Soyer's Shilling Cookery for the People, first edition 1860 and it makes very interesting reading. One section headed 'General Ignorance of the poor in Cooking'
and... "Sausages should be placed high above a slow fire and done slowly; they will take 10 minutes; beef sausages about 8 minutes; prick them first with a fork or they will burst."

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JAMES

Encyclopedias

I have a set of encyclopedias from about 1882/3/4. 14 volumes in total, called "The National Encyclopedia".

There is no exact date but the intro says:

"New Edition, supplied to subscribers only, including the census of 1881"


Really interesting to just pick on up at a random page and read something. The way views of things have changed is fasinating. Really love them!

XX

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Zuzz

Oldies

Got quite a collection of old books. Oldest is a battered 1790s vol of Shakespeare's plays.
Some other favourites are: 1900 'The Art of Beauty' and a couple of late 1890s 'Girls Own Papers' - v.v funny advice for young women!! I also love my 1900 Mrs B, of course!!o

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Fifi La BonBon

Oldest book you own

I have my grandma's Sunday School prize book, from 1893, entitled "Little Meg's Children". It can still reduce me to tears, has done since I was 11, all about Victorian hardships of an abandoned little family! Sob, sob. Much better is my lovely copy of Wind in the Willows, had that since I was 10 and it's still my favourite.

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Paypol

Old books

I bought a first ed of Three Men in a Boat from Oxfam once for £15, its 1889. I've also got an old Wizard of Oz which I think is about 100yrs old.

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Michele

oldest book

what an interesting post ... I've got a very old copy of Pitman's Shorthand Reporter, which belonged to my grandma when she was learning shorthand. It's obviously the original version, not the Pitmanscript that it turned into (or whatever!). There is no date unfortunately, but it did cost 2 shillings. It is pretty old though, wish I could find a date. I've also got a copy of "Black Beauty" by Anna Sewell, that was given to the nephew of my late London grandma by this nephew's sister in December 1944. The other "oldie" is a Hebrew prayer book with an inscription dating back to 1936.

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Dottie May

I enjoyed

reading about all your "old" books. As mentioned above, it is great to read about times long ago and how things have changed. I have a book that was bought for me in 1942 when I was 11 - it's called "The Favourite Wonder Book" which contains lovely stories and poems and I can see I coloured some of the pictures.

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Liz from Cumbria

Old books I wish I still owned in the original

I loved Heidi, Little Women, The Cherry Ames,Student Nurse books as well as Black Beauty, Wind in the Willows etc. Oh and I loved Enid Blyton's Famouse Five (I was George!) I have reprints of some of them but oh how I wish I still had the originals.

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Michele

Old books I wish I still had in the original

Not quite books, but when I was much younger and living in the south-east, I had a large collection of theatre programmes, piled together in a sort of wooden, lidded box on legs (well that's the only way I can describe it). I don't know what happened to these, but I really wish I had them know. Oh - and all my girls' comic annuals - you know - Girl's Crystal, Bunty, Judy, all those. Oh how I loved them ...

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Liz from Cumbria

Isn't it funny how...

things like books, theatre programmes, comics, etc really make us nostalgic. I love my computer and the net but somehow I can't see curling up on the settee with a laptop on my knee rather than a good book. I have used the laptop on my knee but only in short bursts and it doesn't have the seem appeal as getting totally lost in a good book.

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oscarthegrouch

Oldest books that I have

age wise- it's John Morley's The Life of Gladstone in 3 volumes that dates from 1903.

However, if you're talking about childhood- it has got to be Ladybird books I have from the 1980s as a child.

 
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