my favourite book in the entire world is "The World's Cyclopedia and Library of Universal Knowledge", compiled by Prof. H.L. Williams of Churcher's College. it is the most beautiful book that i own. here are a few pics:
the side binding:
the front (some of the pics have come up sideways and i don't know why. arghghghggh! please try to enjoy anyway):
the inside cover - yes it is falling apart and moldy as can be. that just makes it more precious!
the inside cover page:
the copyright information - "Copyright, 1889, by S.C. Thompson."
various world maps - it is interesting to see countries that no longer exist, and new countries that do exist today but are not to be found here:
the first page. there are lots of words that start with "a" missing from here.
an index to the Holy Bible:
other contents of interest : a guide to business, odd questions and my personal favourite: receipts and dispersements of the government. it includes a table called " Population of United States by Races". the populations listed in columns are: "Total Population 1880, White 1880, Colored 1880, Chinese 1880", and last but not least, "Ind'ns civ. or taxed 1880".
i think that the reason why i like this book so much is that it so demonstrates that what we consider to be fact/learning or common knowledge, or any other kind of knowledge changes with time. for example, medical knowledge from 200 years ago has changed greatly to present day and will continue to change in the next 200 years.
i treasure this book, but in speaking about medical knowledge, check out the handwritten recipe for laudanum written in beautiful cursive (something many do not know how to write today. especially texting-types - also known as our children!):
sorry the pic came out sideways. here is the recipe:
"1 Table spoon Terpentine
3/4 of Laudanum
1 Table spoon of Ginger
1 " " Baking Soda
use Laudanum only if Pain is Sever"
i love old books. i have several and consider them treasures. and will share a few with you. over time.