George Bernard Shaw
Irish dramatist & socialist (1856 - 1950)”
I have an ongoing love affair with old books. Working at a library, I have first dibs on the old, worn donations people bring in to us. We can’t put those crumbly, moldy books on our shelves, but I cannot bear to have them tossed into the dumpster. So every day I come in to work, I go through the stacks of unusable books and pull the ones I want. I have quite a collection now—Shakespeare, Hawthorne, Poe, etc. I have school books dating to the mid-1800s. The oldest book is one entitled “Mackenzie’s Five Thousand Receipts” (Recipes) which was published in 1830. It is just filled with recipes for everything from food to medicine to perfume. It even tells how to mix paints and get clothes white!
This year I hope to read several of those classic books. Maybe I’ll even share some of those ancient “secrets” here in this blog.