There is nothing like the smell of the pages of a new book but used books definitely have more character. Each time I see markings on a book, I just can’t stop but wonder about the previous owner and the experience of this person reading the same book before I have. All these stories, all these hands – a life of its own that the book previously had – I think it is incredible.
But what makes old books interesting is some of the inscriptions that you stumble upon accidentally. I found this awesome post about it and I wanted to share a few with you here; sure made my day:
Used Textbook: “Note to the future owner: I would have burned this book but it was rediculously expensive and if I had burned it, I would not have been able to sell it to you for a moderately better price.”
Threat: “Joe Fox, (Spiro) Hope you enjoy this book! Now you have a reason to see me in September – you have to return this book because I WANT IT BACK… OR ELSE I’ll give you phone calls, late at night, when you have to get up early, and have to go to the bathroom!! Have a great summer, sweetie! (talk to you COLLECT! Ha! Ha!) Love Arelene (Electra)”
Descriptions does not match book: “93 Dear Brian, We have entered a new era of safe sex. May this book continue to stimulate & excite you, but remember the safest sex is always going to be with me!! I love you very much, Lea”
Apology: “He isn’t making sandwiches, you know, but I still hope you might like this, even though it’s nothing about sandwiches…. Sorry.”
Non Sequitur: “For Joe, on Christmas 1978. This is the only book I know that moves as incessantly as you… With affection, Dwight P.S. I couldn’t find a Star Wars game.”