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An addition to our library

We love this House. I think because of the stress involved in keeping it in good condition, we don't say that too often. But, we really love this House.

In addition, we have also become great admirers of Harry Fenn's work. And it truly is an impressive opus, to use musical analogies. So, when we heard that the first edition of Picturesque America is available for purchase, we jumped at the opportunity. Ebay being what it is, one is never certain. Also, the price seemed really low. We've actually looked at these volumes during our annual pilgrimage to our favorite antique book dealers in New York City, and the price was more than double. We balked and left the volumes in his store, only to be contacted 6 months later that they can be found on Ebay for half the cost.

We exchanged looks and pounced on it. Luckily, our bid was not challenged, and the package arrived today. And let me tell you, it is magnificent. The leather cover, the gold leaf embossing, the paper... Here, take a look for yourselves:

Naturally, kids wanted to "read", so we showed them a few pages, and then displayed it safely away from their little hands. As much as they appreciate a good book, they still have a tendency to accidentally "break" (their term) the pages. That is why we decided to save the "reading" of this particular volume until they are a little older.

But, that doesn't stop mommy and daddy from enjoying it, when the kids are off to bed. One night, we found this little nugget:

If, in fact, it is an original, this is really a great discovery. Well, off to enjoy the essays and the engravings.


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