Top Ten Books I’d Like To Find Under The Tree

John-James-Audubon’s-Birds-Of-America-3Cara/Andrea here,
With holiday shopping in full swing, I’ve been busy perusing the stores for the perfect gifts for those on my list. It’s fun to try to find something unique and special to match the interests of family and friends. But I confess, as I’ve been searching around for others, I’ve also amused myself by compiling a wish list for myself—assuming Santa Claus is feeling VERY generous. (Hey, I’ve been VERY good this past year!) So, here is my Top Ten list of rare book treasures that I’d love to add to my library:

Birds of America
John James Audubon’s first edition of Birds of America (known as the double elephant folio because of its size) is considered the finest book of ornithological illustrations ever created. It was a very expensive project to print—Audubon had to do a lot of self-promo around Europe to sell subscriptions to fund it. The cost was $1,000, a very princely sum in the 1820s. But it turned out to be a wise investment (A copy sold last year at Christie’s for $7.9 million)

HypnerotomachiaHypnerotomachia Poliphili

Printed by the legendary Aldus Manutius in Venice at the end of 1499, HP is the first illustrated book printed with Gutenberg’s newly invented moveable type. It’s strange, dream-like text has puzzled scholars over the centuries, but collectors agreed that it’s the most beautiful of all incunabula (books printed before 1500.) The perfectly proportioned layout, the lovely woodcuts and the elegant typeface—a classic design that is still in use today—make it one of the most famous examples of book design in history.  (A copy recently sold at auction for $473,321.)

MoxonAlfred Tennyson’s Poems 

Known as the Moxon Tennyson, this edition was published by Edward Moxon in 1857. It’s famous for its 54 beautiful wood engravings designed by eight noted artists of the day, including Pre-Raphaelites William Holman Hunt and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. One critic called it a “pocket cathedral. (A copy is available from a rare book dealer for $2,500.)

The Kelmscott Chaucer

Published in 1896, The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer—known today as The Kelmscott Chaucer—was a joint labor of love by William Morris, a luminary of the artistic and intellectual scene in late 19th century Britain, who designed the typeface and intricate borders, and his good friend Edward Burne-Jones, one of the leaders of the Kelmscott_chaucer-largerPre-Raphaelite movement, who did the illustrations. It’s considered by many to be the most beautiful book ever published. (A copy was recently sold at auction for $160,000.)

P&PPride and Prejudice

Published in 1813, Jane Austen’s classic was released in three small volumes—and of course when on to become one of the most popular novels in the English language. (A copy is available on ebay for $65,000.)

The History of the Royal Residences of Windsor Castle, St. James Palace, Carlton House, Kensington Palace, Hampton Court, Buckingham House and Frogmore

Writer/artist William Henry Pyne often collaborated with Rudolph Ackermann on projects for Ackermann’s magazines, but he became fascinated with book publishing and was inspired to create this book on Royal residencesthe royal residences, published in 1809. It includes 100 lovely color illustrations. (A copy is for sale at Bauman Rare Books in NYC for $17,000.)

The Golden Cockerel Press edition of The Four Gospels
GillDesigned and illustrated by the legendary 20th century graphic designer Eric Gill, the Four Gospels was his homage to the Medieval art of the illuminated manuscript. It’s considered one of the highlights of modern book design. (A copy, one of only 12 that were printed on vellum, recently sold at auction for $132,00. A paper first edition sells for about $4,700.)

Le Chant des Morts

A collaboration between poet Pierre Reverdy and his friend Pablo Picasso, the book—which was published in 1948—features handwritten poems written during World War Two, with bold graphic illustrations Mortby the master artist. (A copy recently sold for $7,500.)

Don Juan 
Lord Byron’s epic satirical poem, which had an unfinished 17th canto at the time of his death, is considered by many critics to be his masterpiece. (A complete set in original boards of the 16 Cantos in seven volumes recently sold for $16,800.)

The Fabulous Flight 

Written and illustrated by the great Robert Lawson, it’s a children’s classic that was first published in 194
9. I vividly remember it from my childhood—it’s a marvelous story that held me captivated, and Fabulous Flightlooking back, I think it was one of the reads that taught me the power of storytelling. The illustrations are delightful too, which appealed to the art side of my brain. (A collector’s first edition is available on Amazon for $75.)

So what about you? If you could find any book treasure among the brightly wrapped holiday gifts, what would it be? Or perhaps there's some other special treasure on your ultimate Wish List—please share it with Santa's elves!

150 thoughts on “Top Ten Books I’d Like To Find Under The Tree”

  1. I usually read ebooks but each Christmas I take away 1 Hardback factual book to digest.
    Last year it was about the reasons English spelling is so complicated.
    This year it’s going to be about the finding of Richard III’s grave under a car park in Leicester.

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  2. I usually read ebooks but each Christmas I take away 1 Hardback factual book to digest.
    Last year it was about the reasons English spelling is so complicated.
    This year it’s going to be about the finding of Richard III’s grave under a car park in Leicester.

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  3. I usually read ebooks but each Christmas I take away 1 Hardback factual book to digest.
    Last year it was about the reasons English spelling is so complicated.
    This year it’s going to be about the finding of Richard III’s grave under a car park in Leicester.

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  4. I usually read ebooks but each Christmas I take away 1 Hardback factual book to digest.
    Last year it was about the reasons English spelling is so complicated.
    This year it’s going to be about the finding of Richard III’s grave under a car park in Leicester.

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  5. I usually read ebooks but each Christmas I take away 1 Hardback factual book to digest.
    Last year it was about the reasons English spelling is so complicated.
    This year it’s going to be about the finding of Richard III’s grave under a car park in Leicester.

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  6. Wow, and here I was hoping for a couple of new paperbacks, lol. I have had the privilege of actually seeing a copy of Audobon’s Birds of America, it is a very impressive tome!

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  7. Wow, and here I was hoping for a couple of new paperbacks, lol. I have had the privilege of actually seeing a copy of Audobon’s Birds of America, it is a very impressive tome!

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  8. Wow, and here I was hoping for a couple of new paperbacks, lol. I have had the privilege of actually seeing a copy of Audobon’s Birds of America, it is a very impressive tome!

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  9. Wow, and here I was hoping for a couple of new paperbacks, lol. I have had the privilege of actually seeing a copy of Audobon’s Birds of America, it is a very impressive tome!

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  10. Wow, and here I was hoping for a couple of new paperbacks, lol. I have had the privilege of actually seeing a copy of Audobon’s Birds of America, it is a very impressive tome!

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  11. I will never forget my first viewing of the Irish Book of Kells, when I was a child. Simply stunning, with its beautifully ornate lettering and illustrations. My mother bought me a little souvenir brooch of the letter A, which I still have.

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  12. I will never forget my first viewing of the Irish Book of Kells, when I was a child. Simply stunning, with its beautifully ornate lettering and illustrations. My mother bought me a little souvenir brooch of the letter A, which I still have.

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  13. I will never forget my first viewing of the Irish Book of Kells, when I was a child. Simply stunning, with its beautifully ornate lettering and illustrations. My mother bought me a little souvenir brooch of the letter A, which I still have.

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  14. I will never forget my first viewing of the Irish Book of Kells, when I was a child. Simply stunning, with its beautifully ornate lettering and illustrations. My mother bought me a little souvenir brooch of the letter A, which I still have.

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  15. I will never forget my first viewing of the Irish Book of Kells, when I was a child. Simply stunning, with its beautifully ornate lettering and illustrations. My mother bought me a little souvenir brooch of the letter A, which I still have.

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  16. Gosh Elaine, SNAP! I was in my local library this afternoon and looked at the book on the reason English spelling is so difficult and didn’t get it out. And my copy of the discovery of Richard III in the car park arrived in the mail this morning.
    Christmas Elf – please bring me one of those very early maps of the world. A full size one. I have seen them reproduced in books, and on the computer but they are too small. I love maps.

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  17. Gosh Elaine, SNAP! I was in my local library this afternoon and looked at the book on the reason English spelling is so difficult and didn’t get it out. And my copy of the discovery of Richard III in the car park arrived in the mail this morning.
    Christmas Elf – please bring me one of those very early maps of the world. A full size one. I have seen them reproduced in books, and on the computer but they are too small. I love maps.

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  18. Gosh Elaine, SNAP! I was in my local library this afternoon and looked at the book on the reason English spelling is so difficult and didn’t get it out. And my copy of the discovery of Richard III in the car park arrived in the mail this morning.
    Christmas Elf – please bring me one of those very early maps of the world. A full size one. I have seen them reproduced in books, and on the computer but they are too small. I love maps.

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  19. Gosh Elaine, SNAP! I was in my local library this afternoon and looked at the book on the reason English spelling is so difficult and didn’t get it out. And my copy of the discovery of Richard III in the car park arrived in the mail this morning.
    Christmas Elf – please bring me one of those very early maps of the world. A full size one. I have seen them reproduced in books, and on the computer but they are too small. I love maps.

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  20. Gosh Elaine, SNAP! I was in my local library this afternoon and looked at the book on the reason English spelling is so difficult and didn’t get it out. And my copy of the discovery of Richard III in the car park arrived in the mail this morning.
    Christmas Elf – please bring me one of those very early maps of the world. A full size one. I have seen them reproduced in books, and on the computer but they are too small. I love maps.

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  21. I love this blog! It’s always so educational, not to mention interesting. Thank you for introducing me to such illustrious books, Cara/Andrea. The Audubon one had me drooling.
    I’m afraid my own tastes are more pedestrian. I would love to have a signed, first edition copy of Walter Farley’s *The Black Stallion*. Any woman who was a horse-crazy girl will know of the Black Stallion books, a wildly popular YA series. I happen to have a letter hand-typed and hand-signed by Walter Farley in response to a fan letter from me. He even included a 5×7 black and white glossy of himself with his harness racing filly, plus a poster of the cover of The Black Stallion book. They’re now considered collector’s items, worth a tidy sum on eBay. *g* I have no intention of letting them go, however.

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  22. I love this blog! It’s always so educational, not to mention interesting. Thank you for introducing me to such illustrious books, Cara/Andrea. The Audubon one had me drooling.
    I’m afraid my own tastes are more pedestrian. I would love to have a signed, first edition copy of Walter Farley’s *The Black Stallion*. Any woman who was a horse-crazy girl will know of the Black Stallion books, a wildly popular YA series. I happen to have a letter hand-typed and hand-signed by Walter Farley in response to a fan letter from me. He even included a 5×7 black and white glossy of himself with his harness racing filly, plus a poster of the cover of The Black Stallion book. They’re now considered collector’s items, worth a tidy sum on eBay. *g* I have no intention of letting them go, however.

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  23. I love this blog! It’s always so educational, not to mention interesting. Thank you for introducing me to such illustrious books, Cara/Andrea. The Audubon one had me drooling.
    I’m afraid my own tastes are more pedestrian. I would love to have a signed, first edition copy of Walter Farley’s *The Black Stallion*. Any woman who was a horse-crazy girl will know of the Black Stallion books, a wildly popular YA series. I happen to have a letter hand-typed and hand-signed by Walter Farley in response to a fan letter from me. He even included a 5×7 black and white glossy of himself with his harness racing filly, plus a poster of the cover of The Black Stallion book. They’re now considered collector’s items, worth a tidy sum on eBay. *g* I have no intention of letting them go, however.

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  24. I love this blog! It’s always so educational, not to mention interesting. Thank you for introducing me to such illustrious books, Cara/Andrea. The Audubon one had me drooling.
    I’m afraid my own tastes are more pedestrian. I would love to have a signed, first edition copy of Walter Farley’s *The Black Stallion*. Any woman who was a horse-crazy girl will know of the Black Stallion books, a wildly popular YA series. I happen to have a letter hand-typed and hand-signed by Walter Farley in response to a fan letter from me. He even included a 5×7 black and white glossy of himself with his harness racing filly, plus a poster of the cover of The Black Stallion book. They’re now considered collector’s items, worth a tidy sum on eBay. *g* I have no intention of letting them go, however.

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  25. I love this blog! It’s always so educational, not to mention interesting. Thank you for introducing me to such illustrious books, Cara/Andrea. The Audubon one had me drooling.
    I’m afraid my own tastes are more pedestrian. I would love to have a signed, first edition copy of Walter Farley’s *The Black Stallion*. Any woman who was a horse-crazy girl will know of the Black Stallion books, a wildly popular YA series. I happen to have a letter hand-typed and hand-signed by Walter Farley in response to a fan letter from me. He even included a 5×7 black and white glossy of himself with his harness racing filly, plus a poster of the cover of The Black Stallion book. They’re now considered collector’s items, worth a tidy sum on eBay. *g* I have no intention of letting them go, however.

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  26. Elaine, this year I’ve been reading more on my kindle, as it’s so convenient to slip in a purse when I’m running around. But I still LOVE my real books—there something so wonderful the tactile feel of paper and the look of the printed page. And I love seeing my sg helves filled with dear friends!
    The discovery of Richard III was so interesting> I must look for that book you mention!

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  27. Elaine, this year I’ve been reading more on my kindle, as it’s so convenient to slip in a purse when I’m running around. But I still LOVE my real books—there something so wonderful the tactile feel of paper and the look of the printed page. And I love seeing my sg helves filled with dear friends!
    The discovery of Richard III was so interesting> I must look for that book you mention!

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  28. Elaine, this year I’ve been reading more on my kindle, as it’s so convenient to slip in a purse when I’m running around. But I still LOVE my real books—there something so wonderful the tactile feel of paper and the look of the printed page. And I love seeing my sg helves filled with dear friends!
    The discovery of Richard III was so interesting> I must look for that book you mention!

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  29. Elaine, this year I’ve been reading more on my kindle, as it’s so convenient to slip in a purse when I’m running around. But I still LOVE my real books—there something so wonderful the tactile feel of paper and the look of the printed page. And I love seeing my sg helves filled with dear friends!
    The discovery of Richard III was so interesting> I must look for that book you mention!

    Reply
  30. Elaine, this year I’ve been reading more on my kindle, as it’s so convenient to slip in a purse when I’m running around. But I still LOVE my real books—there something so wonderful the tactile feel of paper and the look of the printed page. And I love seeing my sg helves filled with dear friends!
    The discovery of Richard III was so interesting> I must look for that book you mention!

    Reply
  31. Ha, ha, ha! I’ve been lucky enough to see an original copy of “Birds of America” too! It’s breathtakingly beautiful. And the size is wonderful to behold. I have a lovely “small” version by Abrams Press (though it’s 18″ tall) And while it’s great. seeing the huge images is a unique experience.

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  32. Ha, ha, ha! I’ve been lucky enough to see an original copy of “Birds of America” too! It’s breathtakingly beautiful. And the size is wonderful to behold. I have a lovely “small” version by Abrams Press (though it’s 18″ tall) And while it’s great. seeing the huge images is a unique experience.

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  33. Ha, ha, ha! I’ve been lucky enough to see an original copy of “Birds of America” too! It’s breathtakingly beautiful. And the size is wonderful to behold. I have a lovely “small” version by Abrams Press (though it’s 18″ tall) And while it’s great. seeing the huge images is a unique experience.

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  34. Ha, ha, ha! I’ve been lucky enough to see an original copy of “Birds of America” too! It’s breathtakingly beautiful. And the size is wonderful to behold. I have a lovely “small” version by Abrams Press (though it’s 18″ tall) And while it’s great. seeing the huge images is a unique experience.

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  35. Ha, ha, ha! I’ve been lucky enough to see an original copy of “Birds of America” too! It’s breathtakingly beautiful. And the size is wonderful to behold. I have a lovely “small” version by Abrams Press (though it’s 18″ tall) And while it’s great. seeing the huge images is a unique experience.

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  36. That’s hardly a pedestrian taste, Sherrie. The Black Stallion is a true classic, and a signed first edition would be a special treasure. The letter and photo are wonderful to have as well, so you are lucky, indeed. I cherish the books Maurice Sendak signed for me (along with sketching little characters in them.) I also have a note he wrote me, along with a wonderful little sketch of Mickey from “In the Night Kitchen.” They probably would bring a pretty penny on ebay too, but I would never, ever consider selling them.

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  37. That’s hardly a pedestrian taste, Sherrie. The Black Stallion is a true classic, and a signed first edition would be a special treasure. The letter and photo are wonderful to have as well, so you are lucky, indeed. I cherish the books Maurice Sendak signed for me (along with sketching little characters in them.) I also have a note he wrote me, along with a wonderful little sketch of Mickey from “In the Night Kitchen.” They probably would bring a pretty penny on ebay too, but I would never, ever consider selling them.

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  38. That’s hardly a pedestrian taste, Sherrie. The Black Stallion is a true classic, and a signed first edition would be a special treasure. The letter and photo are wonderful to have as well, so you are lucky, indeed. I cherish the books Maurice Sendak signed for me (along with sketching little characters in them.) I also have a note he wrote me, along with a wonderful little sketch of Mickey from “In the Night Kitchen.” They probably would bring a pretty penny on ebay too, but I would never, ever consider selling them.

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  39. That’s hardly a pedestrian taste, Sherrie. The Black Stallion is a true classic, and a signed first edition would be a special treasure. The letter and photo are wonderful to have as well, so you are lucky, indeed. I cherish the books Maurice Sendak signed for me (along with sketching little characters in them.) I also have a note he wrote me, along with a wonderful little sketch of Mickey from “In the Night Kitchen.” They probably would bring a pretty penny on ebay too, but I would never, ever consider selling them.

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  40. That’s hardly a pedestrian taste, Sherrie. The Black Stallion is a true classic, and a signed first edition would be a special treasure. The letter and photo are wonderful to have as well, so you are lucky, indeed. I cherish the books Maurice Sendak signed for me (along with sketching little characters in them.) I also have a note he wrote me, along with a wonderful little sketch of Mickey from “In the Night Kitchen.” They probably would bring a pretty penny on ebay too, but I would never, ever consider selling them.

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  41. Hi, Cara,
    You hit the nail on the head for me…the first one I though of was the Audubon.
    While studying in Italy many moons ago, our class visited Todi, Italy. One of my classmates, a Classics major, wandered into a bookstore and found a handwritten, hand bound book and decided to buy it. As a student, I’m sure he didn’t pay much for it. Turned out the copywright was sometime in the 14th century! What a lucky bargain he found, huh?
    Jaye

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  42. Hi, Cara,
    You hit the nail on the head for me…the first one I though of was the Audubon.
    While studying in Italy many moons ago, our class visited Todi, Italy. One of my classmates, a Classics major, wandered into a bookstore and found a handwritten, hand bound book and decided to buy it. As a student, I’m sure he didn’t pay much for it. Turned out the copywright was sometime in the 14th century! What a lucky bargain he found, huh?
    Jaye

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  43. Hi, Cara,
    You hit the nail on the head for me…the first one I though of was the Audubon.
    While studying in Italy many moons ago, our class visited Todi, Italy. One of my classmates, a Classics major, wandered into a bookstore and found a handwritten, hand bound book and decided to buy it. As a student, I’m sure he didn’t pay much for it. Turned out the copywright was sometime in the 14th century! What a lucky bargain he found, huh?
    Jaye

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  44. Hi, Cara,
    You hit the nail on the head for me…the first one I though of was the Audubon.
    While studying in Italy many moons ago, our class visited Todi, Italy. One of my classmates, a Classics major, wandered into a bookstore and found a handwritten, hand bound book and decided to buy it. As a student, I’m sure he didn’t pay much for it. Turned out the copywright was sometime in the 14th century! What a lucky bargain he found, huh?
    Jaye

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  45. Hi, Cara,
    You hit the nail on the head for me…the first one I though of was the Audubon.
    While studying in Italy many moons ago, our class visited Todi, Italy. One of my classmates, a Classics major, wandered into a bookstore and found a handwritten, hand bound book and decided to buy it. As a student, I’m sure he didn’t pay much for it. Turned out the copywright was sometime in the 14th century! What a lucky bargain he found, huh?
    Jaye

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  46. I agree with your choices – all interesting, but the Audubon book would put me over the moon. And if you get it for Christmas, please by all means, let us know.

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  47. I agree with your choices – all interesting, but the Audubon book would put me over the moon. And if you get it for Christmas, please by all means, let us know.

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  48. I agree with your choices – all interesting, but the Audubon book would put me over the moon. And if you get it for Christmas, please by all means, let us know.

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  49. I agree with your choices – all interesting, but the Audubon book would put me over the moon. And if you get it for Christmas, please by all means, let us know.

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  50. I agree with your choices – all interesting, but the Audubon book would put me over the moon. And if you get it for Christmas, please by all means, let us know.

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  51. One the oldest books I have seen is a 8th century edition of the Quran in Kufic script in the Bayt al-Quran.
    As for historic books, I would like a very early (not printed) illustrated version of the Shah Nameh, the book of Kings. I’ve seen illustrated pages that are beautifully colorful stylized depictions of the Persian court. The only “flaw” is that all streams and rivers are now black because the silver ink has tarnished.
    Along those lines I’d like the 1888 original of Travels of Arabia Deserta of Charles Doughtery. I forget how many volumes the set is. I’ve never read them but I’d also be interested in the memoirs of Lady Hester Stanhope, but her story ends so sadly.

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  52. One the oldest books I have seen is a 8th century edition of the Quran in Kufic script in the Bayt al-Quran.
    As for historic books, I would like a very early (not printed) illustrated version of the Shah Nameh, the book of Kings. I’ve seen illustrated pages that are beautifully colorful stylized depictions of the Persian court. The only “flaw” is that all streams and rivers are now black because the silver ink has tarnished.
    Along those lines I’d like the 1888 original of Travels of Arabia Deserta of Charles Doughtery. I forget how many volumes the set is. I’ve never read them but I’d also be interested in the memoirs of Lady Hester Stanhope, but her story ends so sadly.

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  53. One the oldest books I have seen is a 8th century edition of the Quran in Kufic script in the Bayt al-Quran.
    As for historic books, I would like a very early (not printed) illustrated version of the Shah Nameh, the book of Kings. I’ve seen illustrated pages that are beautifully colorful stylized depictions of the Persian court. The only “flaw” is that all streams and rivers are now black because the silver ink has tarnished.
    Along those lines I’d like the 1888 original of Travels of Arabia Deserta of Charles Doughtery. I forget how many volumes the set is. I’ve never read them but I’d also be interested in the memoirs of Lady Hester Stanhope, but her story ends so sadly.

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  54. One the oldest books I have seen is a 8th century edition of the Quran in Kufic script in the Bayt al-Quran.
    As for historic books, I would like a very early (not printed) illustrated version of the Shah Nameh, the book of Kings. I’ve seen illustrated pages that are beautifully colorful stylized depictions of the Persian court. The only “flaw” is that all streams and rivers are now black because the silver ink has tarnished.
    Along those lines I’d like the 1888 original of Travels of Arabia Deserta of Charles Doughtery. I forget how many volumes the set is. I’ve never read them but I’d also be interested in the memoirs of Lady Hester Stanhope, but her story ends so sadly.

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  55. One the oldest books I have seen is a 8th century edition of the Quran in Kufic script in the Bayt al-Quran.
    As for historic books, I would like a very early (not printed) illustrated version of the Shah Nameh, the book of Kings. I’ve seen illustrated pages that are beautifully colorful stylized depictions of the Persian court. The only “flaw” is that all streams and rivers are now black because the silver ink has tarnished.
    Along those lines I’d like the 1888 original of Travels of Arabia Deserta of Charles Doughtery. I forget how many volumes the set is. I’ve never read them but I’d also be interested in the memoirs of Lady Hester Stanhope, but her story ends so sadly.

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  56. I want the Cranach Press edition of Hamlet. It’s a large book, with the play and illustrations inset and the histories the play is based on in “L” shapes around them. Last time I looked, a copy was running about $30K. I’d settle for an Eric Gill Hamlet though (it’s just the most elegant little volume and can be had for around a $1K in good condition).

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  57. I want the Cranach Press edition of Hamlet. It’s a large book, with the play and illustrations inset and the histories the play is based on in “L” shapes around them. Last time I looked, a copy was running about $30K. I’d settle for an Eric Gill Hamlet though (it’s just the most elegant little volume and can be had for around a $1K in good condition).

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  58. I want the Cranach Press edition of Hamlet. It’s a large book, with the play and illustrations inset and the histories the play is based on in “L” shapes around them. Last time I looked, a copy was running about $30K. I’d settle for an Eric Gill Hamlet though (it’s just the most elegant little volume and can be had for around a $1K in good condition).

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  59. I want the Cranach Press edition of Hamlet. It’s a large book, with the play and illustrations inset and the histories the play is based on in “L” shapes around them. Last time I looked, a copy was running about $30K. I’d settle for an Eric Gill Hamlet though (it’s just the most elegant little volume and can be had for around a $1K in good condition).

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  60. I want the Cranach Press edition of Hamlet. It’s a large book, with the play and illustrations inset and the histories the play is based on in “L” shapes around them. Last time I looked, a copy was running about $30K. I’d settle for an Eric Gill Hamlet though (it’s just the most elegant little volume and can be had for around a $1K in good condition).

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  61. Hmmmmm…Some interesting choices.
    I would like to have some of the original book or papers that Benjamin Franklin wrote about his experiments with elictricity
    I’d also like to at least have a look at “The Book of Kells”.

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  62. Hmmmmm…Some interesting choices.
    I would like to have some of the original book or papers that Benjamin Franklin wrote about his experiments with elictricity
    I’d also like to at least have a look at “The Book of Kells”.

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  63. Hmmmmm…Some interesting choices.
    I would like to have some of the original book or papers that Benjamin Franklin wrote about his experiments with elictricity
    I’d also like to at least have a look at “The Book of Kells”.

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  64. Hmmmmm…Some interesting choices.
    I would like to have some of the original book or papers that Benjamin Franklin wrote about his experiments with elictricity
    I’d also like to at least have a look at “The Book of Kells”.

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  65. Hmmmmm…Some interesting choices.
    I would like to have some of the original book or papers that Benjamin Franklin wrote about his experiments with elictricity
    I’d also like to at least have a look at “The Book of Kells”.

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  66. I don’t crave any early editions, but I’d love some art books of my favorite artists. I also love to browse through Atlasas, especially the ones with historic maps. It’s fun to see how boundaries move, and countries and empires appear and disappear.

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  67. I don’t crave any early editions, but I’d love some art books of my favorite artists. I also love to browse through Atlasas, especially the ones with historic maps. It’s fun to see how boundaries move, and countries and empires appear and disappear.

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  68. I don’t crave any early editions, but I’d love some art books of my favorite artists. I also love to browse through Atlasas, especially the ones with historic maps. It’s fun to see how boundaries move, and countries and empires appear and disappear.

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  69. I don’t crave any early editions, but I’d love some art books of my favorite artists. I also love to browse through Atlasas, especially the ones with historic maps. It’s fun to see how boundaries move, and countries and empires appear and disappear.

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  70. I don’t crave any early editions, but I’d love some art books of my favorite artists. I also love to browse through Atlasas, especially the ones with historic maps. It’s fun to see how boundaries move, and countries and empires appear and disappear.

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  71. Old maps I love maps .A book of really old maps would put me in seventh heaven .I am not too bothered with maps of where but probably Britain would give me the chance to compare the then and now.

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  72. Old maps I love maps .A book of really old maps would put me in seventh heaven .I am not too bothered with maps of where but probably Britain would give me the chance to compare the then and now.

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  73. Old maps I love maps .A book of really old maps would put me in seventh heaven .I am not too bothered with maps of where but probably Britain would give me the chance to compare the then and now.

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  74. Old maps I love maps .A book of really old maps would put me in seventh heaven .I am not too bothered with maps of where but probably Britain would give me the chance to compare the then and now.

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  75. Old maps I love maps .A book of really old maps would put me in seventh heaven .I am not too bothered with maps of where but probably Britain would give me the chance to compare the then and now.

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  76. You have sophisticated tastes, Andrea! But I knew that. *G* Like Anne, I was mightily impressed by the Book of Kells when I was in Dublin, and that Christmas I was given a beautiful reproduction of the Book with gorgeous color plates. Needless to say, I still have it!

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  77. You have sophisticated tastes, Andrea! But I knew that. *G* Like Anne, I was mightily impressed by the Book of Kells when I was in Dublin, and that Christmas I was given a beautiful reproduction of the Book with gorgeous color plates. Needless to say, I still have it!

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  78. You have sophisticated tastes, Andrea! But I knew that. *G* Like Anne, I was mightily impressed by the Book of Kells when I was in Dublin, and that Christmas I was given a beautiful reproduction of the Book with gorgeous color plates. Needless to say, I still have it!

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  79. You have sophisticated tastes, Andrea! But I knew that. *G* Like Anne, I was mightily impressed by the Book of Kells when I was in Dublin, and that Christmas I was given a beautiful reproduction of the Book with gorgeous color plates. Needless to say, I still have it!

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  80. You have sophisticated tastes, Andrea! But I knew that. *G* Like Anne, I was mightily impressed by the Book of Kells when I was in Dublin, and that Christmas I was given a beautiful reproduction of the Book with gorgeous color plates. Needless to say, I still have it!

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  81. The Audubon would be the Holy Grail for me as I have been a birder since I was nine years old. I have an entire floor to ceiling bookcase full of ornithology books. The Audubon would be a nice addition. 🙂
    I collect Bibles in foreign languages. A Guttenburg Bible would be nice. (If you’re going to aim, aim high I always say!)
    And of course a first edition Pride and Prejudice and a first edition Jane Eyre would not be remiss.
    I do own a first edition Byron, one of my absolute prized possessions. It is very fragile and sits on a Scottish plaid I bought in Scotland on a pedestal in my writing studio. I have been through some tough times over the years, but the Byron and I are in it for the long haul until I go to that big library in the sky. I need to decide if the Byron will be going to my undergrad alma mater or my grad school once I’m gone.
    I studied at the Mozarteum and was privileged to study many original Mozart scores. Now one of THOSE would be quite the Christmas present!

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  82. The Audubon would be the Holy Grail for me as I have been a birder since I was nine years old. I have an entire floor to ceiling bookcase full of ornithology books. The Audubon would be a nice addition. 🙂
    I collect Bibles in foreign languages. A Guttenburg Bible would be nice. (If you’re going to aim, aim high I always say!)
    And of course a first edition Pride and Prejudice and a first edition Jane Eyre would not be remiss.
    I do own a first edition Byron, one of my absolute prized possessions. It is very fragile and sits on a Scottish plaid I bought in Scotland on a pedestal in my writing studio. I have been through some tough times over the years, but the Byron and I are in it for the long haul until I go to that big library in the sky. I need to decide if the Byron will be going to my undergrad alma mater or my grad school once I’m gone.
    I studied at the Mozarteum and was privileged to study many original Mozart scores. Now one of THOSE would be quite the Christmas present!

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  83. The Audubon would be the Holy Grail for me as I have been a birder since I was nine years old. I have an entire floor to ceiling bookcase full of ornithology books. The Audubon would be a nice addition. 🙂
    I collect Bibles in foreign languages. A Guttenburg Bible would be nice. (If you’re going to aim, aim high I always say!)
    And of course a first edition Pride and Prejudice and a first edition Jane Eyre would not be remiss.
    I do own a first edition Byron, one of my absolute prized possessions. It is very fragile and sits on a Scottish plaid I bought in Scotland on a pedestal in my writing studio. I have been through some tough times over the years, but the Byron and I are in it for the long haul until I go to that big library in the sky. I need to decide if the Byron will be going to my undergrad alma mater or my grad school once I’m gone.
    I studied at the Mozarteum and was privileged to study many original Mozart scores. Now one of THOSE would be quite the Christmas present!

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  84. The Audubon would be the Holy Grail for me as I have been a birder since I was nine years old. I have an entire floor to ceiling bookcase full of ornithology books. The Audubon would be a nice addition. 🙂
    I collect Bibles in foreign languages. A Guttenburg Bible would be nice. (If you’re going to aim, aim high I always say!)
    And of course a first edition Pride and Prejudice and a first edition Jane Eyre would not be remiss.
    I do own a first edition Byron, one of my absolute prized possessions. It is very fragile and sits on a Scottish plaid I bought in Scotland on a pedestal in my writing studio. I have been through some tough times over the years, but the Byron and I are in it for the long haul until I go to that big library in the sky. I need to decide if the Byron will be going to my undergrad alma mater or my grad school once I’m gone.
    I studied at the Mozarteum and was privileged to study many original Mozart scores. Now one of THOSE would be quite the Christmas present!

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  85. The Audubon would be the Holy Grail for me as I have been a birder since I was nine years old. I have an entire floor to ceiling bookcase full of ornithology books. The Audubon would be a nice addition. 🙂
    I collect Bibles in foreign languages. A Guttenburg Bible would be nice. (If you’re going to aim, aim high I always say!)
    And of course a first edition Pride and Prejudice and a first edition Jane Eyre would not be remiss.
    I do own a first edition Byron, one of my absolute prized possessions. It is very fragile and sits on a Scottish plaid I bought in Scotland on a pedestal in my writing studio. I have been through some tough times over the years, but the Byron and I are in it for the long haul until I go to that big library in the sky. I need to decide if the Byron will be going to my undergrad alma mater or my grad school once I’m gone.
    I studied at the Mozarteum and was privileged to study many original Mozart scores. Now one of THOSE would be quite the Christmas present!

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  86. Oh, Lousia, you have such interesting passions! I was going to add the Gutenberg Bible to my list, as I love the history of books, and that’s maybe the most important example—as well as being exquisitely beautiful.
    Seeing and touching the MOzart scores must have sent chills down your spine . . .what a nice present they would be from St. Nichlas! (If you get them, you must promise to give a concert for us!)
    And what a treasure you already have! The Byron first edition sounds amazing. What a special possession to have (Like you, I’d never part with it, no matter how tough the times.)

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  87. Oh, Lousia, you have such interesting passions! I was going to add the Gutenberg Bible to my list, as I love the history of books, and that’s maybe the most important example—as well as being exquisitely beautiful.
    Seeing and touching the MOzart scores must have sent chills down your spine . . .what a nice present they would be from St. Nichlas! (If you get them, you must promise to give a concert for us!)
    And what a treasure you already have! The Byron first edition sounds amazing. What a special possession to have (Like you, I’d never part with it, no matter how tough the times.)

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  88. Oh, Lousia, you have such interesting passions! I was going to add the Gutenberg Bible to my list, as I love the history of books, and that’s maybe the most important example—as well as being exquisitely beautiful.
    Seeing and touching the MOzart scores must have sent chills down your spine . . .what a nice present they would be from St. Nichlas! (If you get them, you must promise to give a concert for us!)
    And what a treasure you already have! The Byron first edition sounds amazing. What a special possession to have (Like you, I’d never part with it, no matter how tough the times.)

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  89. Oh, Lousia, you have such interesting passions! I was going to add the Gutenberg Bible to my list, as I love the history of books, and that’s maybe the most important example—as well as being exquisitely beautiful.
    Seeing and touching the MOzart scores must have sent chills down your spine . . .what a nice present they would be from St. Nichlas! (If you get them, you must promise to give a concert for us!)
    And what a treasure you already have! The Byron first edition sounds amazing. What a special possession to have (Like you, I’d never part with it, no matter how tough the times.)

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  90. Oh, Lousia, you have such interesting passions! I was going to add the Gutenberg Bible to my list, as I love the history of books, and that’s maybe the most important example—as well as being exquisitely beautiful.
    Seeing and touching the MOzart scores must have sent chills down your spine . . .what a nice present they would be from St. Nichlas! (If you get them, you must promise to give a concert for us!)
    And what a treasure you already have! The Byron first edition sounds amazing. What a special possession to have (Like you, I’d never part with it, no matter how tough the times.)

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  91. When I studied at the University of Illinois back in the Dark Ages, the university library had the elephant folio Birds of America on permanent display in the second floor hallway. I’m sure it’s been locked away by now.

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  92. When I studied at the University of Illinois back in the Dark Ages, the university library had the elephant folio Birds of America on permanent display in the second floor hallway. I’m sure it’s been locked away by now.

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  93. When I studied at the University of Illinois back in the Dark Ages, the university library had the elephant folio Birds of America on permanent display in the second floor hallway. I’m sure it’s been locked away by now.

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  94. When I studied at the University of Illinois back in the Dark Ages, the university library had the elephant folio Birds of America on permanent display in the second floor hallway. I’m sure it’s been locked away by now.

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  95. When I studied at the University of Illinois back in the Dark Ages, the university library had the elephant folio Birds of America on permanent display in the second floor hallway. I’m sure it’s been locked away by now.

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