I had a dentist appointment last week. They had to refill a filling that wasn’t done properly. The procedure took hourssss. I swear, at the end of it all, I couldn’t close my mouth.
I have a point.
The dentist’s office is right beside an antique store, which also sells used books. How convenient, right? I had a few minutes to kill before I had to go pick up the kids from school, so I decided to spend it
unwisely. It was not the first time that I’ve been there. In fact, I go there when I’m in the mood to browse for some vintage books. It was also one of the two stores where I find these Penguin gems, which, I simply adore.
I am a huge fan of these books for artistic (and aesthetic) purposes. And honestly, most of them are so worn that flicking through their pages may just cause their untimely demise. I’m probably not going to be reading them anytime soon, but I love how they look on my shelf.
At first, I only wanted to collect the orange ones, but this was also the first time that I’ve seen the green ones on their shelves.
Incidentally, I picked up one stork among the penguins. I didn’t know they also had that edition.
If you don’t know it by now, I am as much of a collector as I am a lover of books. So don’t be surprised when I do posts like this one. [ See it here and here].
I’m sure most of you know me by now and can attest to how much I love collecting vintage books. On the weekends that we stay in the city, I do my used bookstore rounds. There are only a couple that I’ve been to, but I suspect there are other stores that I can look up on the internet.
The first thing that I search for are these Penguin Vintage. One of my goal is to have a shelf full of these books. At this particular store, they are about $3-$5 a piece; depending of course on how old they are and how much wear the book has gotten over the years. They are significantly cheaper than the first store that I’ve been to. What’s more interesting is that some of these books still has their original price. Like this book, for example:
The best $.50 you can ever spend!
I also found a couple of books that still has their original dust cover, like this book written by Anton Pavlovich Tchehov, translated by Constance Garnett.
So far my collection is not very big. But the joy of collecting is that feeling you get when you actually find them on the shelves of a bookstore. One of these days, I will do a post of these stores that I go to, so you can see how difficult it is to find them. Moreover, I don’t just pick up any orange vintage. You can find some like these ones:
They’re collectibles nonethelss, but I prefer these ones:
What about you? Do you have a used bookstore nearby? Find anything interesting?
Click here to find my first Penguin Vintage post.
Last week, I found myself at a used book store. I really wish I had the time to take pictures of this place but I figure, I’d probably need a permission to do so. One of these days, I’ll find enough courage to approach the owners.
I’ve recently found the wonders of Tumblr. I follow some pretty cool blogs that feature lovely photographs of books and readers alike. I’ve also seen them post pictures of those orange vintage covers from Penguin. So last week, I had the inkling to find some copies for myself. Here are the books that I’ve found:
It was tough finding these old Penguins. The bookstore
that I found myself in had wall to wall, floor to ceiling shelves of antique books. The prices vary from $4.00 to $20.00. In the end, I had to put some back because it was getting ridiculously expensive. As it is, this pile cost me $65, to my husband’s dismay. Anyway, I love them, and they make such a good addition to my collection of vintage books.