Thanks to a family friend, this lovely book found its way to our home this Christmas.
I have not read it yet, and know nothing about the content of the book.
But I saw that it was beautiful the second after it emerged from the wrapping paper, and it felt good to hold it in my hands.
Of course, I also saw that it is not new, as it has some wear to it both front and back, but that adds to its charm.
When opening the front cover I discovered these lovely endpapers, which took me back to our childhood school library. The first leaf has come loose, and I am debating whether to tape it or not. At the moment it has been left as it is.
Also, the old fashioned pattern reminded me of tone on tone quilting fabric.
On the next page was another surprise: the year of printing. This is one of the reasons I think paper books are superior to digital ones: someone can still hold them in their hands and enjoy their beauty 164 years after they were printed.
As I mentioned above, I have still not read it, but the first page looks promising. It has only two sentences, – the second one even continues on to the next page. There will be a lot of untangling to do, and I will probably expand my vocabulary as I already see a couple of words I will have to look up.
When closing the book, I also noticed there was a pattern of very fine blue and red lines on the leaf ends.
According to Wikipedia, Tauchnitz was a Leipzig based print business and publisher, providing a series of affordable reprints of works of American and English authors. The books were like mass market paper backs of their time, although paper back is not something that comes to mind when handling this book.
It will be treasured.