Private Stash: Traveling with the Birds

I have a conundrum. There’s part of me that loves nothing more than sitting down with a nice vintage book that reeks of lignin with hints of vanilla. That’s why old books smell…”old.” That lignin starts to decompose and voilé, you’re transported back to your small-town library. But then again, there’s part of me that stacks up said vintage books in a giant pile and looks at them once every five years. Enter this book I found at a tag sale a few years ago titled, “Traveling with the Birds,” copyright 1933.

Traveling With the Birds, Cover

The author, Rudyerd Boulton, may have written a good book, but I don’t know because the only thing I’ve noticed is the illustrations by Walter Alois Weber. They are spectacular. Full, vibrant colors with interesting compositions make them jewels within this book. Mr. Weber was a prolific artist and you can read more about his works here and here. I’ve picked out a few of my favorite illustrations for you.

Traveling with the Birds, Crossbill

Traveling with the Birds, Egret and Herons

Traveling with the Birds, Tanagers

So here’s my dilemma. No, this book isn’t valuable and it’s kind of in bad condition. It’s missing the dust jacket and the spine and it’s not a first edition. I do have 12 frames that seem to be made for these 12 beautiful prints, although the prints are slightly smaller. Should I take an x-acto knife and surgically remove these prints from this book, or do I keep them in the book? I’ve never destroyed a book and I’m getting a little bit clammy thinking about it.

What do you think? Popular vote decides! Unless I faint when I take out the first page.

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One Comment

  1. Anne
    Posted November 16, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Do it do it do it! Either you enjoy the images from the book or it sits in a drawer and wastes away!

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