I spent some time with my first edition printing of Breakfast at Tiffany’s today. I already read when I first received it but there are a few stories at the end I hadn’t gotten to, and part of me wants to read them all right now and another part of me wants to leave the book alone so I don’t mess anything up. It’s in pretty good condition for being so old, and I’d like to keep it that way. If you can’t tell from the picture, I keep it wrapped up in tissue paper.
But the whole time I was looking at it I was just thinking about its history.
Who first bought it? How many owners has it had? What were they doing while they were reading it? What were they thinking? How’d they feel when the movie came out? (Also, how did I end up with such an awesome boyfriend that bought this for me? Why can’t books still cost $3.50 [middle picture on the right]?)
I wish they had a “bookfax” like that CarFax thing - I want to know where it’s been and who held it and did they read it on a train or in bed or in a café (but hopefully not on the toilet…), etc.
Books are cool. Old books are really cool.