We found some fascinating vintage books whilst holidaying down south. I adore the bird illustrations by Robert Edden in ‘The Heritage of Australian Birds’ book (photos 2 + 3 are of birds that we saw on our adventures: Superb Fairy-wren and New Holland Honeyeater). Photo 4 is a poem from the book ‘Poems to Read to Young Australians’, I love that the book is dedicated to “grandmothers who love to read poems to the young.” The most fascinating find for me is the Ella Wheeler Wilcox poetry book (photos 5 + 6). I don’t know how old it is exactly but it was amazing to open up to one of the pages and find a photograph of a couple holding a baby, taken in the 1940s perhaps? This kind of stuff fascinates me to no end. The page is dogeared as well, so the words here must have really touched the heart of the book’s original owner. I love the short poem that sits beneath the photo. Could that have some meaning to their story? I’ll never know but what I do know is that this book was cherished once upon a time. I think I’ll call the bookstore and see if they know who donated the book incase there is someone out there who would like the photo. And lastly a couple of other books for me (7 + 8). I love the Van Gogh nature quote. 💚
Memories of summer!
I recently inherited "Woman Week-End Book" from goodness knows when - there's no date in it, but it reads like it's from the 40's or 50's. In it, along with many sage words of wisdom, I found this delightful poem that was crying out to be turned into a miniature painting.
This has got to be one of my most cherished books. This vintage poetry book that my mom found at a thrift store. It even has a weird inscription inside it, lol. She gave it to me when I was a senior in highschool, at a time when our relationship wasn't good. I fell in love with these poems. They comforted me. The book went everywhere with me.
It's been a really, really hard couple of days. I'm trying so hard to keep it together....
Missing Ashbery today. This December 1955 #vintagePOETRY issue is the first time his name appeared on the cover of the magazine. John Ashbery's first poems were published in POETRY in the early 1950s, when Ashbery was just a teenager, but his name didn't appear next to his poems. Instead, one of his high school classmates took Ashbery's poems and submitted them to the magazine as his own, committing what would become one of the most remembered acts of plagarism in 20th-century poetry. #poetryfoundation#poetrymagazine#johnashbery
Bawdy and funny without being vulgar. The World's Best Limericks is a cute little vintage illustrated book in very good condition with no marks or odor, but one torn page corner. A delightful read! *hardcover, with original dust jacket, no marks, good condition, no odor* -measures 4.5" x 7.5"
Shipped via USPS media mail *all books are shipped gift-wrapped with ephemera
Thank you for visiting, please see my other rare books, all sold with the ephemera I found inside!