A book from 1910

@Porcospino (16425)
Denmark
January 15, 2011 7:42am CST
A few days ago I borrowed a very old book at the library. It is from 1910, so it is more than 100 years old. It is the original book from that time not a new version of an old book, and am I very careful not to damage the pages when I read it. The book is written by an author that my grandmother liked when she was a child, and I enjoy the old stories. When I read the stories I learn some words that aren't common today and I also learn something about the living conditions in the past/in the period where my grandmother was a child. This book is not written in the gothic alphabet which makes it easier to read. In my home I have some old books that I got from my grandmother's family. Those books are written in the gothic alphabet, I have read a few of the stories, but I can only read very slowly. Do you own any old books for instanse books that you have inherited from your family? What is the oldest book that you own or have read? Are you familiar with the old alphabet in your country?
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@Angelgirl16 (2177)
• United States
15 Jan 11
I do not have any books dating that far back, but I do have some pretty old books that I have purchase at the goodwill stores. These books are interesting because they teach me at the life of yesterdays. Live, for some was pure disaster while for others the roads were paved with gold, sort of speak. My favorite subject is History, per and post Civil War. I think I could have been happier during those times. I would love to know the name of the book that you checked out of the Library. I check books out at least twice a month.
@Porcospino (16425)
• Denmark
17 Jan 11
It is a Danish book written by an author called Asta Christiansen, it is called "Barndomsliv" and that means Childhoodlife. The book consists of a number of short stories for children. Some of them are very sad and it is my impresssion that they are meant to teach the children something. There is usually some kind of moral lesson in the stories, they are not just meant to entertain the children. I also like history, and I find it fascinating to find out more about the past and the way of living in the past.
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@topffer (33262)
• France
15 Jan 11
I am happy to know that you like old books. One is the beginning of a collection. Be careful : it is an intrusive collection, but fortunately they are stolen times to times, and you have place to buy others . The oldest printed book that my robbers let me is a theological in-folio printed in Latin in Rome in 1492. Maybe it was too heavy, or they did not like theology ? I can put only one photo, and as you are speaking of alphabets, I have took on my keyboard a photo of what was a curiosity when it was printed : it is an edition made by Simon Colline in 1543. He was the first editor in Paris to use italics. Old alphabets are not so old or difficult to read, you know . What is the oldest book that I have read ? Do you speak of printed books ? I had two pages of Gutemberg's bible two years ago, but they have been stolen. They were authentic but framed and decorative and anyways they had not a great commercial value. I have about 20000 books, most of them are old, mainly for the first half of the 19th c. because I like this period. 2 or 3000 are coming from my family, I bought the others.
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@topffer (33262)
• France
15 Jan 11
One of the first Parisian italics - An edition of Cicero made by Simon Colline in Paris in 1543
I try to upload the photo again
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@Porcospino (16425)
• Denmark
18 Jan 11
I can easily imagine your joy when you found the book. It is a special feeling when you have been looking for something for so long and then you finally find it maybe when you don't expect it There are a couple of old Danish books that I have been looking for a while, and every time I visit a second hand bookshop or an antique bookshop I look for them. Some shops also have online catalogs, unfortuneately it is not so easy to search for books online, because many of the Danish shops don't have much information on the websites, but that might change in the future.
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@ElicBxn (60771)
• United States
15 Jan 11
My roomie likes old books, I will get them, but only if I think I'll like the stories, not because they are old. Some of the spellings are... interesting... for example, one book I read they were spelling the word "clue" "clew"
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@Porcospino (16425)
• Denmark
15 Jan 11
I have noticed the same things in some of the books that I have read. Some of the spellings are different from today. It is funny sometimes to see how the words have changed. The way that people spoke to eachother was also different in the past. I wonder what the people from that time would think of the language that we use today.
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@ElicBxn (60771)
• United States
15 Jan 11
They spoke more formally to strangers, often even in families. Maybe not as much as German when they have a formal "you" and a familiar "you", but more careful in their speech and pronunciation. Now, I've met some people at mom's who were at or nearly 100 yrs old, and they were/are very careful in how they speak, maybe not so much in what they say but how they say it.
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@Porcospino (16425)
• Denmark
18 Jan 11
In my country we also have a formal "you" and a informal "you", but today we hardly ever use the formal version. In the past they often used the formal version, and when we watch old movies or read old books we hear or read it all the time. When I was working in home health home team I once met a woman who used the formal version, and it was so hard for me to remember to speak to her in that way, because today we have become so used to the informal versions that they seem like the natural choice.
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@krajibg (11940)
• Guwahati, India
15 Jan 11
Hi porcospino, When certain things get old their values also go high. Or why would you be reading the fragile pages of an old book? This is the tendency of preservation. You feel privileged to own such kind of books/ Personally I have not that much old book but would love to have some.
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@Porcospino (16425)
• Denmark
16 Jan 11
That is true, in some cases the value of things increases when the thing get old. Many people collect old things and some old things are hard to find today, because there are few of them left. When we keep some of the old things the future generations will be able to learn something about the past. I think it is fascinating to read an old book that was printed so long ago, and I am definately going to keep the books that I got from my grandmother's family.
@krajibg (11940)
• Guwahati, India
17 Jan 11
And you should do.
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@babyimp (151)
• Estonia
15 Jan 11
Hello, a few years ago Mother decided to clean up cellar (not the root cellar) where we kept bottles and jars and boxes of stuff we didn't know what to do with. So we dragged all the boxes up and went through them discovering all sorts of old stuff like childhood teddy bears and other animals. But in most of the boxes were books, books my Mom and Gramma used to read. Some were children's books, so read and worn they were almost coming apart in our hands. Since we didn't want to read them but also didn't want to put back in the cellar we wrapped them up and put them on the shelf but I have a hobby of looking for the date of the book, so I noticed those. Most of the dates went back to 1940-1960 but the earliest that I remember was 1927, the year my Gramma was born. Surprisingly, that book was the best preserved of the lot and told about a rabbit and a wolf.
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@Porcospino (16425)
• Denmark
15 Jan 11
Did you mother live in the same house for many years since she had the chance to keep many things from the past? When I was a child it was one of my dreams to explore a cellar or an attic full of old things, because I have always been interested in the periods where my parents or my grandparents grew up Both my parents and my grandparents have moved many times and they have very few things from the past, but I have a few old books that used to belong my grandmother's family.
@kingparker (9698)
• United States
15 Jan 11
I haven't read any older condition of any book like that. I would just pick up any interesting book that caught my eyes. When I browsing the library, and I would pick any interesting story according to my mood at the moment. That will be interesting though to read some older version of books.
@Porcospino (16425)
• Denmark
16 Jan 11
Yes, sometimes it is a different experience to read older versions of books. The language, the spelling and the way of talking to eachother have changed a lot. Sometimes the author uses words that I have never heard before, because those words have become oldfashioned or unusual today.
@GreenMoo (11842)
22 Jan 11
I collect Ladybird books, childrens books which were produced in the UK. I love the old books, they have a totally different feel to them compared to the modern ones. I love the illustrations particularly.
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@flowerchilde (12520)
• United States
17 Jan 11
I do have some old books, not inherited but found at used book stores.. The oldest book I have is an old bible that uses f's for s.. I cannot find a date on it, but I believe it would date to the late 1800's...
• Indonesia
16 Jan 11
Hi Porcospino! I don't have it but I would be glad if I have it. In my country, the old alphabet is using symbols and that's so complicated. i don't think I could read it thoroughly if I have the book. But I really want to have those kind of books to complete my collection.
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@buenavida (7921)
• Sweden
15 Jan 11
The oldest book I have is the Bible of my grandmother, but the pages in the beginning have disappeared, the ones that would have the printing year. So I guess its from the end of 1800 something. It is written with the old fashioned alphabet but I can read it slowly. I was born in Finland so the Bible is in Finnish. I have also some books for children that are written by an author who lived in the 19th century, so they may be really old too.