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Books with lives of their own

In Plymouth (UK) where my parents live, there is an amazing second-hand bookshop. It's in the old harbour-master's building, and has three floors, spiral staircases and books everywhere...literally, even on windowsills on the way up the stairs. It's the sort of place where you could browse for hours, and whenever we go & visit my parents, we always go in at least once.

Some of the books are ancient, or rare. Many are first editions, especially on the upper floors or on the 'special' restricted bookcase behind the counter. On our most recent visit, my husband found a book by an early 20th century medium - he's interested in old books on the supernatural.

The book was published in 1927 and is a first edition. On the title page is a handwritten dedication, dated 1968. Sellotaped into the back cover is a yellowed article about the book's author cut from a newspaper. The article is also dated 1968.

I love it when books have stories of their own. It makes me wonder where it's been and how it got there, and who cared enough to tape the article in there, 40 years after the book was published.

What books do you own that hold tantalising clues about their past?
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