Treasure Island was a book I adored both for the adventure and the sailing. I love sail ships, so naturally pirate stories have always appealed to me. One of the things I loved the most was the particular copy of Treasure Island I was able to stumble upon and read. I was at a thrift shop and I found it in the children’s section. I was probably about 16 at the time and once I had picked up the book, I knew I could not leave the shop without it. The next thing I fell in love with was that it had an inscription. It said: “To Billy Xmas ’49 From Marion and Paul.”
It fascinated me. Who was this Billy that so many years previous had held that very book in his hands? I bought the book and I loved every minute of it, reading it’s old, yellowing pages. There were even beautiful color illustrations. It was fantastic! From then on I have absolutely adored old and used books. Especially those with inscriptions. It gives an extra bit of character to a book, knowing it has been read by others before.
What are your favorite used books that you have collected?