"A room without books is like a body without a soul"
The first time I read that Cicero quote I thought of how true it was. I think I have books in every room of my house. Some of my books serve dual purposes since I not only love to read them, but love to decorate with them to.
This vignette is in my office. An antique transferware chamber pot serves as a book holder for a small collection of Shakespeare books.
This chamber pot is from the Aesthetic Movement.
What I want to show though isn't actually a book, but it's just as good as one! It is an antique playing card set that dates to 1898. It covers one of my favorite subjects; poetry.
It is complete with the instructions still intact, inside the cover of the box.
Each card front depicts the home of Longfellow.
There are 52 playing cards, 13 cards from four different countries; America, Ireland, England and Scotland. Each country is represented by several famous poets, and each card has a few verses from the poem it represents as well as a scene to go along with the poem.
When I first came across the cards I bought just a few of them from an Etsy seller who broke the set up and was selling them in lots of 3.
Then the search began for the entire set and a few months later I found it online and fully complete in its original box.
It's one of my favorite little things.
To add a library to house is to give that house a soul
~another great Cicero quote~