Fig. 231-Thakombau, late king of the Fiji Islands.
The Human Race by Louis Figuier. Old books vs. new books. Someone posed this question recently on FB. As if a true blue book freak could ever choose between the two.
That feeling you get when you spot a pile of books at an estate sale and your mind races in anticipation. Will they be books that you're actually interested in? I don't know about you but I don't collect books just to sit atop a coffee table.
No wait. I take that back. I have been known to buy, or rather, rescue, a beat up old book given up for a goner. I could never dismantle or manhandle a book in perfectly good shape but salvage a crusty old book to save a beautiful and unique cover? Yes. Save a one of kind oh-so-detailed engraving? Naturally.
Like others passionate about the Victorian time period I would love to be able to time travel if even for just a few moments. And old book like this is one way of accomplishing this. A way of getting a glimpse into the Victorian mindset.
Fig 135-Chinese Girl
Fig. 22-The Fandango.
Another book that caught my eye.
Now the hunt is on to unearth a book on Thakombau, once upon a time King of the Fiji Islands.