Parchment, Pens and Sealing Wax

Probably because I have always been a passionate lover of books and stories, I still dream of finding the ultimate pirate treasure trove and the alchemical formula for turning base metal into gold.   I am a total magpie and collector of all things glittery, mystical, old and new and have a deep-rooted love of antiquarian books and manuscripts, flourishy handwriting and artistic penmanship .  Despite the wonders of the internet and modern means of communication, for me,  nothing will ever replace the beauty and resonance of a finely penned letter or the smell and feel of a leather book and an antique document – here are some images from my collection………….

ALL PHOTOS © JANE MORLEY

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  1. west517 says:

    I feel THE SAME WAY!! I am also an avid collector of these items as well!! Gorgeous post! 🙂

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    1. west517 Hello there! I’m so glad you like it!! I have lots of lovely old leatherbound books that just smell of history and adventure! More posts on this subject are sure to follow – 🙂

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  2. Willy Nilly says:

    Spellbinding! I can’t wait to see more of this fabulous collection 🙂

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    1. Thankyou very much Willy Nilly! I am lucky to have some extremely old books, one of them is French ‘romance’ from the 1600’s – I suspect they are indeed full of spells – but only good ones! There will certainly be more to follow ……:)

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  3. Cheryl says:

    OK. I might or might not be coveting your gorgeous, old writing/literary stuff. ; ) As always, your photos are beautiful.

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    1. Many thanks Cheryl, I appreciate your lovely comments and there will be more to follow in this series, they are such wonderful objects to photograph! 🙂

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    1. Glad you agree firstnightdesign – So much inspiration and wonderful magic in old manuscripts and books!

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  4. Smashing photos Jane……….Lovely light and VERY nicely shot. 🙂
    However, don’t expect me to carry your satchel…..A weekends light reading would give me a hernia….Kindle please!
    🙂

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    1. Oh you charlatan you! How can an LCD screen compare with that lovely thick parchment and the smell of leather and history???!!! I’ll forgive you though for having liked my photos 🙂

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      1. Leather is for the bedroom not the library………

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      2. I agree that you may have something there, a nicely leatherbound volume to stave off the insomnia is always helpful 🙂

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      3. Precisely…….That and a horse whip to keep the acolytes in order.
        😀

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  5. Jane, I swear there have got to be a least a million places within your abode that would make me wish I could curl up and stay put permanently. The pictures are proof positive that our sentiments for all things alluringly antiquated and well-worn run parallel. These things are bewitching and divine and call to us like magnets. Another rich and beautiful post.

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    1. Thankyou so much Shelley for your lovely comments, much appreciated! My post for tonight is a little more serious than usual but I hope you like it too!

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  6. Anne says:

    Oh goodness! I was just randomly skimming through the wp Daily Post comments and saw yours asking about entry into the Commons. Clicked your link and… WOW. The images on your main page are stunning, I didn’t know which one to click on so I opened several at the same time. LOL – Love your blog, love THIS post (it’s like we’re soulmates in parchment).

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    1. HI Anne! Hope you get my message re your message – still can’t get into ‘The Commons’ even after logging out and in again. Delighted you like my blog and this post which is one of my favourites too! (Still haven’t got round to doing a ‘favourite’ page as per Blogging 201) Hope to have further virtual conversations with you!

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  7. These are exquisite. Wonderful textures and tones evoking a sense of history.

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    1. Thank you, these are some of my favourite old treasures 🙂

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      1. I can see why you would treasure them!

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