Of course the first ones I decided upon were the Austen's. As you may already know I have a growing collection of Jane Austen titles, ones with different covers, publishers, editions and so on. My goal of 100 by 2012 is looking a little dim but with the addition of five more I do believe I am slowly getting there.
And have a look at the Vintage Austen's (the two in the bottom half of the picture)- aren't they gorgeous!
As I wrote in a post a short while ago (here), it will be the bicentenary of Charles Dickens birth next year. This anniversary has inspired me to set myself a goal. To read at least 10 Dickens novels in 2012. Because I had already read Great Expectations and Oliver Twist I believed that I would have several copies of Dickens in one of my bookshelves- but can you believe it, I had not one Dickens novel!!! How terrible, I must have borrowed them from the local library (that evil place *laughs*). So obviously I was on the lookout for some of his novels, and I am happy to report I now own two: Great Expectations and Hard Times.
These last two I bought simply because I couldn't resist. I have been looking everywhere for a copy of Alison Weir's Innocent Traitor that I almost screamed for joy when I came across it. Due to my recent admiration for Lady Jane Grey it was almost the best find of the day (second to the Austen finds).
William Wordsworth- The Poems Volume One, had me at literally snatching it off the shelf. Why someone else had not bought this book still amazes me.
...and last but not least my Ma brought me home this insightful and rather humorous study book- Jane Austen's Novels: A study in Structure by Andrew H. Wright. I have only read a few portions and I am already enjoying it so much!
What I love the most about these old secondhand books are the notes inside, many of them have little inscriptions from the previous owners or lovely dedications in the front. I always feel it gives my books an identity and a history and I often like to think about the Sally's or Emma's before me that owned these wonderful books (strange I know). In front of one of the Austen copies was a beautiful dedication to a Miss H. with love from Jordan who was wishing her good luck in the future. I just love inscriptions like that!
Love Mel xx
PS. My Austen Collection now stand at 44!