I don’t know how many people have seen books which are over 200 years old, I haven’t . The only ones I have seen are the virtual ones which are at archive.org . Apart from many of the books being interesting, what I also enjoyed looking at is the usage of the fonts therein. One comes to know that the writers and the public were equally rich in not just the graphic illustrations but also fonts, sizes and shapes.
One of my greatest treasures are two books, both hard-bound, one a reader-digest compilation done in 1970’s and the other a Sherlock-Holmes having most of the cases including the famous “Hound of Baskervilles” . You look at the texture of the hard-bounds and the aroma of the paper and you are in another world altogether.
Sad to say, this is missing in most of today’s books. 😦 Just no imagination. Wouldn’t it be great if we could re-print those books again and as well as use the fonts in our day-to-day affairs as well. There is lot of good in there. They don’t have to be hard-bound, paper-backs will do, just have to let people enjoy the whole affair all over again 😉