Obsessive love for books, in other words – bibliophilia is a condition that many people suffer from. Collecting rara avises or first editions is an extremely interesting, but also massively engaging hobby. It requires a lot of patience and involves a constant struggle for finding new place to keep newly acquired pieces.
What kind of books do we usually collect? Well, it depends on what we like. There are some people who would give the world to put their hands on works of the one author they adore, their favorite, their idol. Others would go mad about one specific edition of a book, a rare find, almost unavailable on Polish or on the English market. There are definitely some horror or thriller enthusiasts among us, as well as the true fans of Agatha Christie’s criminals and illustrated poetry. And they would stand by this one genre they like the most. A big dose of stamina and patience will drive them to finally collect all the pieces they need. To each his own.
One is certain. It is not enough to just bring all the books home and put them in boxes. You need to take care of your little collection. It is important to find the prefect place for each and every book you decide to take home. They cannot be exposed to the detrimental influence of moisture.
You should also take into consideration that value of some books grows as they age. It is advised that you take care of them and place them on a special shelf. Ideally, such items should be stored behind glass doors, so that the dust and moist cannot harm them. Another idea would be to place them in a closed box.
Remember to clean your collection from dust and dirt once in a while. Otherwise, their condition will get worse and worse. Same goes for the pages. Go one by one to prevent them from sticking to one another. You may also try to change their place and position.
Most importantly, however, you may not stop to use and actually READ them. Nothing is worse than hundreds of books stuck on shelves left to be forgotten. Even the most beautiful collection will not make sense if you will not be able to tell what is really hidden in it.
In the times of consumerism and globalization we tend to underestimate the power of good reads. The longest text we scan on a daily basis is a tweet and the only image that makes us stop and think is the one that moves (as in stays in motions, not as in brings us to tears). Collection of books often becomes just a symbol of wealth and a higher status. “Just” is a right word as there is nothing more to it. People rarely know what kind of genres they keep. It is also hard to tell what kind of genres they like.
Let’s not follow this trend of having. Let’s focus on being. As cliché as it may seem, sometimes this chase after money, wealth, power and possessions covers what really matters. And makes fools of us, who even no longer know what they have.