If you know me, at all, you know I love old paper. Handwritten words beat printed ones, but where there is a story I fall in love. I think it's likely married to my love of history. Holding something ancient and readable in my hands is thrilling.
Today my mother presented me with a used book. An English Cottage Year by Sally Holmes and Tracey Williamson from 1993. The book itself is the first little treasure. It's a first edition compilation of poetry, quotes and musings interspersed with recipes and watercolors.
Inside the pages was another treasure - an envelope. Old and stained, it has a tiny bit of writing on the front and another treasure inside: a bookplate.