As bookworms, we often picture what our dream library will look like. Perhaps it will be hidden by a secret door tucked away from the world. Maybe it will have oak beams, spiral staircases, plush chairs, a crackling fire; and you can bet it will have bookshelves reaching to the ceiling with a rickety ladder you can slide up and down all day. But do you know what I hadn’t ever considered? What books would actually be in that collection. The ones I already own, obviously. But if I had the money to create a truly awe inspiring library, surely I would also have the means to acquire some expensive, truly remarkable antique books as well! So when the auction website Invaluable.com contacted me about doing a post on my dream literary collection I thought it was a brilliant idea! Here’s what I came up with.
Because seriously, what bookworm could think of anything better than that? For a lot of us, this was the series that started us on our reading journey and captured our imaginations. To own first editions would truly be a privilege, although I would probably shout at anyone who went near them for fear they would hurt the pretty!
A first edition of The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien.
The Hobbit is one of my all time favourite stories, and I know I will continue to return to it again and again because it’s so timeless. I will never get enough of Bilbo’s wild adventures. I also love the artwork for the front cover of the novel too, so having a first edition would be epic!
Wuthering Heights was the first classic book I ever read and picked up of my own accord, so it has a very special place in my heart. While it’s a story that divides readers I remember loving how wild, passionate and psychotic the story was, and have always liked the idea of collecting lots of different editions of the novel both old and new!
I’ve picked this one because although I haven’t read the book yet, I adored the theatre stage show when I saw it in New York City, and I’m a sucker for gothic tales! The phantom is such an iconic character that I think he would be a great edition to my dream library. Plus, I love how creepy this cover is!
A first edition of The Great Gatsby.
If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’re probably thinking ‘huh’ at this choice, because this is a book I didn’t enjoy very much and ranted about quite a bit in my review! However, it’s been one of those strange cases where the story has really grown on me, so while I didn’t get on with the book, I can still really appreciate the story, imagery and themes. I also think that iconic cover with T.J. Eckleburg eyes would look awesome featured on a bookshelf!
I think the copy of this from Invauluable.com only has the book cover (which is really awesome) but ideally I would like to own the actual book as well. However, I love the illustration on this and how the fire is emerging from the book with a creepy face! I read this book for the first time last year and thought it was so powerful, so to have a first edition would be amazing!
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So that’s it, my dream library collection! This post was so much fun, and now I’m drooling at all the pretty pictures. 😀 It’s definitely worth checking out Invaluable.com, whether to buy or just to browse because they have a lot of cool stuff and I hadn’t heard of them before!
And now I would like to know, which books would be in your dream literary collection? What would your dream library look like? And which is the most prized book you have in your current collection? 🙂