This week’s PhotoHunter theme is Book(s).
Now, for someone who, when we moved back from New York City, she and her husband between them had something 31 boxes of books, mostly antiquarian (He on Arctic exploration and First Nations history; and she almost exclusively ladies travel of the 18th and 19th century) you would think would have a lot of subjects to choose from.
My first date with my former husband was to the antiquarian book fair in town. When the movers came into the apartment when we were moving back from New York City, one of them took one look at the boxes of books and said “Oh, My GOD! You aren’t that couple who moved down here a a couple of years ago from Ottawa, are you???” Apparently, we were legendary with movers for the number of boxes of books we had. AND we had both sold a lot of books before we moved down to the US and again before we moved back, just to lighten the load!
Unfortunately, most of my books are still in boxes after my husband and I parted company and I have no room to adequately house them. I have my prized ladies travel books (and some by men) in one book case which gathers dust as I can’t properly access it. However, I did my best and got a few slightly wobbly photos of part of that collection.
My favourites? “The Works of the Right Honourable Lady Mary Wortley Montagu‘” (5 vols. 1817), “Voyage of the Sunbeam” (2 editions, 1879), “A Ride on Horseback Through Florence, France and Switzerland described in a series of letters by A Lady” (2 vols., 1842), and “The Diary of an Invalid: Being the Journal of a Tour in Pursuit of Health in Portugal, Italy, Switzerland, and France in the Years 1817, 1818, and 1819″, by Henry Matthews (2 vols. 1822 ed.). They had long titles in those days!