Continuing on with the vintage theme, today I stumbled across these beauties!
Most of you don't know that I am a sucker for shoes (well, can you name me a women who isn't) ... and books! I mean any kind and lots of them! I've had this passion since I was a little girl ... for both, that is! My mum can tell you stories of the numerous books she sent back from where every I had ordered them from (without her knowledge) .... and the number of shoes I used to take and hide ...
So getting back to todays find, I was walking along our High Street ... and from the corner of my eye, these little (well, they're actually quite big ... and heavy) beauties, were beckoning with me to come closer. You see, they were in the front window of our local Oxfam shop.
My eldest daughter did a volunteer stint in Oxfam (for her bronze Duke of Edinburgh award) and would always tell me that there were some genuine finds in there ... but I had never gone in before, until today ...
The spine has literally fallen apart ...
Great Cathedrals of the World by Fred. H. Allen, first published in 1886, seemed quite an interesting title, so I asked the little old volunteer if I could take a look at them ... and continued to apologise for ruining her display window.
One Hundred and Thirty Full-Page Plates, executed in photogravure; with explanatory and descriptive text!
I fell in love ...
As the store was ridiculously busy, I didn't ask her if she knew where they came from, but I knew I had to have them.
The black and white images of the most famous cathedrals of the world are breathtaking.
The pages are very old, water stained and the two volumes look like they've been living in some ones attic for a long time ... who finally decided to get rid of them!
They are now resting on my side board in the dining room ...
Next to my two youngest daughters sculptures ...
I was sure that when my husband got home tonight, he would think I had lost the plot, buying these crumbling volumes ... but to my surprise ... he actually loved them too!
Even though I love them in the state that I have bought them in, I can't help but think ... should I get them restored?
What do you think?
Can anyone suggest where or who might be able to help me? I'm sure if I do some research, I can probably track someone down, but if anyone has any ideas, I'd love to hear from you.
So after suffering from laryngitis for the past two days
... these beauties just made my day!