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Every once in a while I go through the old books on my shelves for no other reason than I love to pick them up and get a feel for them again. The oldest one I have is 208 years old, published in 1806. It’s dirty, ratty and falling apart, but it’s one of my favourites.

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Beside it on the shelf is this little beauty. It doesn’t list a copyright date, but if the ads inside are any indication, I’m guessing it’s about a hundred years old.

old book with small text

Like most of my other old books, it’s stained, dirty and the pages are so brittle I actually broke off a piece of a page just now while I was looking through it. (It didn’t tear, it actually chipped off in my hand). I was trying to be careful, but I just had to get a picture of the text. I mean, really, look at how tiny it is! Forget the “Invigorating Pills for Females” advertisement – this book should have had ads for eyeglasses!

old text bookWe’ve come a long way since this book was published – not only can you read Shakespeare on your e-reader of choice, but you can change the font size with a couple of quick clicks, making Portia’s speech infinitely easier on the eyes.

Now if only they could get my Kindle app to smell like the pages of a book. . .



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