Sunday, May 08, 2011

French Grammar

If you couldn't tell already, I'm a big fan of anything French. And, you could probably already tell that I love books from the 1920s and 1930s. So imagine my delight when yesterday, I found the following at M & M Antiques & Collectibles in Monroe, WA:

It says "COPYRIGHT, 1901" on the back of the title page, but in the preface, there's a bit about "this edition" and it's dated 1903, so I'm guessing this book was printed in 1903—but then again, I know nothing about old books, so I could be very wrong. In any case, what makes it so exciting to me is that it was owned by a girl named Violet Weeks in 1920:

And to make it even more adorable, Violet wrote her classes (English, French, and Civics) and a French/English phrase (compter jusqu'a - count to) on one of the pages:

This amazing find I got for the incredible price of $2. I'm not even kidding. Joining my 1930 Ex-Wife, 1918 Khaki Girls of the Motor Corps books (the first two in the series), and 1920 The Adventures and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, this book has become one of my most prized book possessions. The antique store also had a 1920s works of Shakespeare that I really wanted, but as I already have an existing works of Shakespeare, I didn't see the point in buying it when I'm trying to be a bit more frugal. Although I'm hoping it'll still be there if I ever go back—it was only like $10! If you ever happen to be in Monroe, you should definitely check them out—they had SO much cool stuff (not just books) and at really reasonable prices. 119 W Main St, Monroe, WA 98272

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