Today was one of the two fall book sales, and, of course, I took the little boys. They got some books. I, having pledged to not buy any more books because my shelves are on overload, only bought about 6. One of them, which will be next on my "To Read" list, because it was recommended by Mango Momma, had markings indicating some of its history; I added our family library seal.
So, where do you fall on the marking of the ownership of books? I know it's considered "damage" and "lowers the resale value" of the books. But, really? Do you think there is much resale value in books? Take this set of books from the late 1880s. The covers are nice, padded and worked, but the spines are in various stages of faded and worn. Still, they're pretty books, which is why I bought them.
But when I found inscriptions like this one inside, I just found them irresistible. It makes me feel a little bit connected to the history of the books. Someone gave these to his (wife or daughter or sister) nearly 130 years ago. It doesn't matter who they were; the knowledge that these were selected with love makes them more special.
Am I alone in loving to see ownership markings inside the flyleaves of books?