For starters, I paid a grand total of $2 for the set. The tiny eight-piece collection of the "Masterpieces of the World's Best Literature" was published in 1905. Yup, you read right. 1905. Hence, the tattered covers and yellowed pages.
What little gems they are. I can't help but wonder who bought the set way back then, and if they sat on a shelf or were lovingly read.
Here, I placed them next to a miniature typewriter I found long ago at an antique shop, so it's hard to tell that the books themselves are small, about the size of my hand.
Truly, I don't care that the bindings are loose and some of the pages look on the verge of falling out, but I am actually reading from some of the volumes. Very carefully, of course. Some of you may remember me waxing on about my life-long love for literature so, of course, these had to go home with me. Especially at 25 cents for each book. Unbelievable!
And if you haven't noticed, I wanted to let you know about a feature on my sidebar titled, "Thrifting treasure of the week," where I showcase a favorite thrift find each week. I decided this week to move it up higher in my sidebar. Here are a few past finds, in case you missed them.
Vintage toy sewing machine and old how-to sewing books.
Vintage educational toys
Before I forget, be sure to stop by Thrifted Treasure, one of my favorite thrifting blogs, sometime over the weekend to enter a giveaway of The Nest Home Design Handbook.