The Love of Older Reference Books

I admit to being a nerd about obtaining reference books for my personal library. And extra nerdiness happens when said books are vintage. There’s something about paying homage to these elderly veterans from many a library bookshelf in their days.

My library used to contain hundreds of reference books. The Internet’s unfortunately proven to be so bloody useful and quick for frequent needs, that I eventually sold, traded or donated away most of my reference books. What remained were the unusual or the old, wise, referred vintage-is volumes whose info still might be Googleable but never anywhere the delight of having them ready for browsing on my shelves.

On a recent trade with local West Side Book Shop, I added these two interesting ones (three actually, since one was a two-fer) to my library. Seems I’m always on the look-out for older reference volumes, and they’re becoming difficult to find these days.

While I expect these new ones, like my other, similar library residents, won’t see deep use, I do expect when I open their seasoned covers and browse within it will be a pleasant, analog experience.