I do have a few very old books. My personal favorite was one of my school books from third grade. "Friends and Workers" held my favorite story - "Little Ugly Face". Any of you recognize the book or the story? There was also the story of "The Good Cat Jupie", "Brownie and the new Cook", The Elves and the Shoemaker". My most loved part of the book was the section entitled "Indian Stories". There you find "Little Hiawatha", "Little Ugly Face", "The Four Bears", "An Indian Water Jar" and "Big Snapping Turtle". The eleventh printing of this book was in 1951. I can still sit down and read some of these stories and enjoy them.
Other school readers:
"Friends for Every Day" - 1938
"Billy Goes To School" - 1949
Ah, "Gems from Longfellow"...I love poetry. This book has no date in it whatsoever. I did some research on it and it was written sometime between 1900 and 1909. It came in an old box and the book itself was wrapped in onionskin.
"Music and Romance" was my daddy's book. I think I learned to love music through him. This book was copyright in 1930 and covers everything from "Old Folk Melodies of the Old World" to "Ballet-Telling a Story in Music and Dance" to "Music of the American Indian, Tribal and Composed" to the symphony and opera and composers.
"The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", 1944.
"Old Mother West Wind", copyright 1910 - no print date, is a children's tale.
"The Wind In The Clearing & Other Poems" by Robert Cameron Rogers, 1894.
"A Woman's Heart", 1951.
"The Romance of Terence O'Rourke, Gentleman Adventurer" by Louis Joseph Vance copyright 1905, tells of the many adventures of an Irish gentleman.
Our Miss Callie being nosy on my most comfortable reading chair ... actually, I suppose in all truth, it is HER chair. "...could you just put the camera away and come sit with me?!"
"The Works of Charles Dickens - Dombey and Son". Again, this volume is not dated. Dickens wrote this 1846-1848.
Another of my daddy's books - "Ballads of a Cheechako", copyright 1909. His favorite book was "Call of the Wild" by Jack London.
"...finally, our last picture and now time to relax."