As I mentioned yesterday, I found some lovely old books at the boot fair and also some rather nice linen bits and pieces. I photographed some of the linen bits as they came out of my super duper trolley, so they are crumpled and not exactly looking their best, but if I don't photograph stuff straight away, I tend to forget about it.
Ok, I am starting with the books. I love books with very smooth edges, beautifully gilded or even marbled, but I also adore books where the pages seem to have been cut by hand, are all rough and higgledypiggledy, and the paper is thick and tactile.
Some of the books I found on the weekend definitely fit into the latter category, and they are quite wonderful. I looked up the author of two of them, and found that he was a very prolific writer. I sure love the two books of his which I now own -
Don't you just love the titles of these books? " Lives of the Hunted" and "Wild Animals I have Known". Fabulous. The illustrations are lovely. Nearly every pages has little drawings on it -
Then there is the beautifully decorated book of Lyrics from Elizabethan Song Books -
Aaah, those lyrics. I think they need to be read by candle light, with the right sort of music playing softly in the background.
The next book is quite something as well, Thais, by nobel prize winner Anatole France-
Inside the book I found this beautifully written card -
and on the inside of the front cover was this very touching inscription -
Isn't that just the sweetest and most romantic thing?
The last book is just pure fun for me, Sixty Old Time Variety Songs -
Isn't this just the cutest song? -
And finally, a few of the fabricy things I bought. This is such a darling little dress with the finest whitework embroidery, shame I didn't launder it first, eh ;-) -
This very finely striped little jacket came from the same stall holder -
as did this soft little cotton night gown, beautifully embroidered and trimmed with the most delicate handmade lace -
I have washed the other things, but not ironed them yet, so they will have to wait for another post. Do remind me though, lol, as I said before, I have a tendency to forget.
I was going to post some pics of some more tags I made last week, but this post is quite long enough, I'll post them tomorrow instead ;-)