Life of a Book Hoarder

Books and Bears – What’s the Deal?

This post is really just going to be me talking about a few used bookstores I visited recently. But they both reference bears in their names and use them as decor and I realized this is a somewhat common theme. What is is about bears that makes us equate them with reading?

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Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Vintage Books

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

These two lovelies are part of my vintage collection, Modern Authorship being a gift from a friend and…well, I don’t remember where Raub’s English Grammar came from – perhaps my grandmother’s old books. Modern Authorship was published in 1924 apparently as a special issue for the Palmer Institute of Authorship. Raub’s was published in 1880 in Porter & Coats also for the use of schools and “private students.”

Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Brownies

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

My mum gave me this cute little vintage book and personally I’m glad it’s an ex-library copy because not only does it have more personality (and awesome old library cards in the  back),  but it’s already covered in plastic! The Brownies is by Palmer Cox, published in 1964 by Dover Publications.

Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Vintage Books

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

Quick post with some more from my vintage collection – The Sign of the Twisted Candle by Carolyn Keene, which I believe is from 1933 and Two Years Before the Mast by R.H. Dana Jr., probably published in 1895.

Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Pride and Prejudice (XII)

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

Eventually I will take pictures of books other than my many copies of Pride and Prejudice, but for now here are some vintage editions. One is another Signet Classics from 1980, and the other is a Pocket Books edition from 1940. The cover (the one with the hands) was one I’d never seen before until my friend gifted it to me! Typically I see a copy online (ususally on Instagram) and add it to my covet list, so it was a delight to see one that was unfamiliar to me.

Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Vintage Books

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

I don’t recall where I found this adorably tiny edition of Wuthering Heights, but I couldn’t pass it up, despite the fact that I own at least one other copy and haven’t actually read it yet. This is a World’s Classics edition and from what I can tell, was published sometime between 1901 and 1907. Life’s Greatest Pleasure is about none other than…READING! It was a wedding gift from one of Sweetbeep’s dear family friends and it couldn’t be more perfect. I believe it was published in 1937 by Doubleday. Each chapter covers different aspects of reading such as how to read (really curious what that chapter says), reading lists and judging literary values. This is a vintage book I definitely plan to read.

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Judging A Book

Judging A Book By Its Cover: Vintage Books

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books, or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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Judging A Book By Its Cover: Sherlock Holmes

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books, or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

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