In the past I have been called Time Walker amongst other less appealing names. Although easy to call an ‘age thing’ I have always been an ‘owner’ of books from a very early age. For various reasons I have been wading through my 3,000 + hardback books, and as ever Nostalgia kicks in.
My oldest ‘owned books’ are a small collection of ‘How to Draw’ ones by a now defunct place called The Studio in London. I remember buying these over three Christmasses from a bookshop off ‘slab square’ in Nottingham where we spent Christmas each year. They were my Christmas presents to myself, from the family.
From dodgy memory I recall they cost 1/6p a copy. As they were bought well before my secondary Art School at 13 years old, I must have been about 10 when I got them.
What is fascinating to me is how early my artistic tastes arrived, and that more than 65 years later they remain very much the same in subject matter.
I have them before me as I type - all under the title of ‘How to Draw’
- Hands, Cars, 'Planes, Churches and Cathedrals, and Ships. Looking through the list of offerings the only absentee is Locomotives. Last publishing date I can find is 1948, and I bought them new.
they were indeed the start of a lifelong love of books and of course Art.
Anyone else as daft as I am with hanging on to books - and if so what were they?