Wednesday, November 23, 2011
A Rare Find
It was a simple trip to the thrift store. My friend Amy called saying they had plastic doilies and I went down to look. They turned out to be paper and not what I was looking for. Then she said they had some old books. I was drawn to this one. The paper in it was amazing. Thought I could tear it up for collage work. I bought it for $1.00
Here is the front of the book, as you can see it looks old.
Then we looked inside to see the date published. Amy and I were trying to figure out its age, it was in Roman Numerals and i am not so good at that. Some guy came up he turned out to be a history professor from Idaho State University and when I mentioned I was going to cut it up I think he about died. He offered me double what I paid for the book but I declined. Then I thought I would probably keep it on my bookshelf for awhile anyways. The paper in the book was amazing. It looked old and felt very different, it was written in French. When we got home we looked it up.
It was written in 1768 by Voltaire, looks like its a first edition as far as I can tell. Looks like it might be worth some money. So I will not be cutting this one up. After a closer look the paper might be parchment. After Nano is over I think I will be spending quite a bit of time on the internet doing research on the book itself and book collectors sites.