The cover of my Amelia picture book will mimic that of an old, tired book cover. I want the inside pages of my book to look old and stained too. So I’ve been travelling around London, visiting different second hand shops and markets for books that will help me achieve this look. I haven’t had much luck in finding any that would be appropriate for the task – and those that are tend to be beyond the tight budget I am working to! Most lack blank pages, and tend to carry pages with dense text instead.
But another requirement was that the cover and pages need to have been damaged by age. I wasn’t having much luck until I came across a book market on Marchmont Street, central London. Not only did they have exactly what I was looking for, they were selling them for next to nothing too.
The book market on Marchomont street
Most of the books that I purchased were early 19-century law books. And while the content was tedious, the covers were beautiful. I thought it’d be nice to share with you some of the books that I brought back home with me.
The texture of this gorgeous leather-bound book will be used for my Amelia cover.
I purchased an old copy of “The Vicar of Wakefield” (1913 edition) and I absolutely love the illustrations in this book.
This is another little gem I found in the book market. It contains 52 illustrations (plates) and was published in 1937 in commemoration of Australia’s 150th Anniversary. Below are some of my favourite plates (which have been glued to the pages, which makes me believe only a limited number of books were produced).