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30 More Beautiful Old Books


I just can’t get enough of these gorgeous covers. There are books with cool, interesting or neat covers now, but even the changes in binding over the last 100 years have (in my opinion) reduced the art factor of books. Heavy, decorated cloth on boards, gilt, watermarks behind text, embossing/debossing, floral decorations, illuminations – these are no longer the standard fare in producing books.

I wish I had all the money in the world to build a giant library, fill it with lovely, antique books and spend all my time in it. But for now, I’ll be content to buy one or two really special, exquisite old books as a treat for myself each year.

See all 30 Beautiful, Century-Old Books.

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Beth Carswell

About Beth Carswell

I've been reading, selling, researching, loving and writing about books with AbeBooks since 2000.

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