As an antiques dealer, I run across many things... both interesting and mundane. The really special things stick with me though, either because I take them home or price them too high:) Moreover, most of the items I keep tend to be small and dainty for a little cabinet I have or books for reading and/or collecting.
On this particular note, I come to a new acquisition. For now, it's in the shop. I'm hard pressed to find space for it at Abode de Newton (my house). The lovely Terry (a trusted local "picker"-more on what that is later) found this special "set"... A 1796 edition of Pindar's Works. Who was Pindar? Who really cares?** It's the binding that make these two orphaned books unique! Gilt, leather, patina... Yes, they have these things. But the bird stamping is what I fell in love with. Two birds eating cherries from a bowl. Simply wonderful!
silverfish. But I'm just happy these beauties have survived over 200 years. And the best part is the text is lively and interesting! And at $22 each, they won't be here for much longer...
**OK- For those that are curious, I googled him and not much came up. Once again, let's focus on what's important- The birds!