I noticed recently that my husband was looking through a trio of books we bought a few years ago at a library sale.
There's nothing unusual in this, of course, except for one thing. The books are in German. None of us speak or read German.
So why, you may ask, do we have these books if we can't read them?
For the sheer beauty, of course. These were printed in 1905 and are nothing short of works of art, with gilded bindings and delicate pages. Besides, they sold for next to nothing at the library sale precisely because they were in German.
Most of our 5000+ books are purely practical, but once in awhile we can't resist certain books for their beauty. The old books below were bought for that reason, though at least these are in English. These were also printed in 1905, which must have been a banner year for beautiful books.
These are collections of translated Norse tales, and between all the "Woulds't thou's" and "can'st thy's," it can be tough reading. But they're fun to delve into on a cold winter evening and get lost in tales of yore.