One of my passions is collecting late antique 19th and early 20th century books with decorative "publishers" or "trade" bindings. In this digital age of television, internet, iPod, iPhone, and e-book, there are those of us who believe that the art of the book matters more than ever - that reading actually has a physical and creative dimension and that one can derive sensory pleasure in the look, the feel, the weight, and even the fragrance of a real book. Most readers, whether via digital or print, are not aware of this physical dimension to reading - that reading can be more than simply ingesting print. I am one who genuinely believes in real books as graceful companions and as works of art. I will be blogging frequently about this topic and my collection and latest acquisitions.