Friday, November 21, 2014

A Book Story

This is one of my favourite finds in quite a long time...a 3 volume leather bound set, first edition 1803

These books were an amazing chance find. About a week ago we travelled to the Barossa Valley outside of historic town of Kapunda to a fabulous and enormous( the driveway was at least a mile) merino stud station called "Anlaby" built in 1839, which I am quite besotted with. It was owned by one  of the richest families in South Australia and all it's personal possessions were sold off and now it is being restored by the new owners. We bought a signed copy written by the new owner. We couldn't go inside as it was an open garden day but we pressed our noses on the leadlight glass and could see the beautiful panelled library....sighhhh......

Jump forward to this Sunday and to the Adelaide Hills and driving randomly around and we saw a collectables shop...couldn't find anything...walked out turned my head to the front window and spied some old books. If you have been following me for a while you know I love antique books. I purchased them and as the guy was wrapping them , he took off the tag to throw it away and I just caught the words....".from the original Anlaby Library"
 I can't believe it...what were the chances!!!

The restored head gardener's cottage .....I wish I had taken more pics of the property....the walled garden. the haha, the mushroom house,the conservatory...

gorgeous page edges

pull out illustrations

It has a plate in the front E. Powell

I read the first few pages of Volume 1 and the books to be published needed donations from wealthy people in 1799 e.g The Duchess of Devonshire and they are listed in the front and I found E. Powell listed

And published in Australia.....a South Australian sheep station and now on my shelf!

In the garden this week

It is so hot the Spring roses are almost finished

ripening  nectarines,pears,apples,plums

Linking up with 

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  1. The books and your

  2. How lucky to find the books, they were meant to be yours.

  3. Such a great find, they obviously had your name on them. The roses are looking a real delight.

  4. Oh, that cottage is just darling! My husband made a shed out of old tin and I love it :)

    And those books are gorgeous!! How blessed you are.

    Happy weekend to you. Hugs!

  5. Your new books are lovely. You always find the most interesting things in your travels. sb

  6. Those books are exquisite Meg!! What a find!! You must be over the moon to have found those! And you had me again at the gardeners mouth was left on the ground as that cottage is just fantastic! I swear...every time I come to your blog I am left feeling like we need more land to grow....your gardens are always a feast for the eyes! And all of the food you have growing! Such a dream! A wonderful weekend to you friend! Nicole xo

  7. You were meant to find the treasure books - someone who would truly love them. The roses are lovely. Glad Sasha and the girls got in the post.

  8. I love those books! They are so beautiful, and when I zoomed in on the binding, they almost look engraved with runes!

    I also have a gray cat, and yours is gorgeous.

    xoxo, Sara

  9. Those books are a wonderful find and I love the connections. How lovely to be picking some produce from your garden too.
    Anne xx

  10. Your books are just wonderful and so amazing that they once belonged to the historical home you visited. Your gardens are so beautiful - lovely scenes - I enjoyed myself. xo Karen

  11. Great find on the books, and your roses are fabulous. You take incredible photos.

  12. What an amazing property! And how lovely that you found books from their library. :)

  13. That is quite a was meant to be! You were meant to have them. And they are altogether fabulous! WOW! I know you will treasure them! Hugs, Diane

  14. What an amazing find, you definitely were in the right place at the right time. Love ALL of your beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing at VIP!

  15. I should be over the moon when I should find such a wonderful old books. And your roses, they all look gorgeous, such a difference with our country we are in autumn now and all the roses have gone to sleep until next March/April.
    I am on your blog for the first time and will be your new follower.
    Regards, Janneke

  16. WOW! that is an exciting find! I love the property you got to visit,,,so much history and beautiful countryside! Stopping in from the Sweet n Simple blog hop.

  17. Wow Meg those books are just divine! Fabulous photos. Karen.x

  18. Meg, those books are gorgeous as is your garden! So dreamy! Thank you for sharing. You are one of the fan favorites at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link to the showcase. Hope to see you again tomorrow at the party! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  19. I love love love old books and their engravings. Cherish yours! Here is a link to one of my old book posts.

  20. Just found your lovely blog via Mamas Mercantile and wanted to say hi! Lucky find on those books x

  21. I am trying to find anything related to the Kapunda High School building and it's former owner, Mr. A.H. Greenshields, my great-great- grandfather and his family. He knew Mr. Dutton of Anlaby and also had a conservatory and a great interest in plants. I live in the Adelaide hills, too, and I'm glad you have found some wonderful books.


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