My greedy, little researcher’s heart is currently yearning for a 19th-century book on garden management. There are basically two different versions available from abebooks: a facsimile from the 1980s or the real, 19th-century thing from either 1872 or 1890. And herein lies the dilemma: should I take the (cheaper, can-mark-with-pen-and-post-its) facsimile or the (real, but relatively expensive) original edition?

The facsimile would be the sensible solution, of course.

But — ooooooooh — imagine: getting your hands on an original edition! *sigh*

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  1. Carolyn

    No contest. The original. If you don’t get the original, you’ll kick yourself. Consider the possibility that someone from that time period has written notes in it or left some interesting note or paper. I once got an 1815 novel from interlibrary loan (someone made a mistake, the book should never have been lent out) and there were uncut pages AND a purchase receipt in it from 1910. My 1815 Family Receipt book has starred recipes (for toothache remedies, for example) and a handmade oilcloth cover.

    Get the original. Or send me the link and I’ll buy it. Then you can come visit the book here in California (grin)

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