My mother died at the end of May and I’m going through various caches of saved things. One book that has been passed down at least twice already is The Works of Charles Dickens, Volume I, NY P. F. Collier, publisher.
The binding is leather, but battered badly. The back cover is present, but not attached. There is no publishing date. There’s a drawing of Dickens in the front (as an illustration - at least I assume that’s Dickens) with a signed name that looks like it starts with an M, and the date 1870 under that. I assume that’s the date of the drawing, not the date of the book.
The estate is being disbursed to three people, and I don’t want to toss anything that has value. I’m guessing that it was originally kept either because of Great Grandma’s hand drawn bookplate, or because someone thought that it must be worth something because it’s old. I would really prefer to cut out the book plate page and toss the rest.
Can anyone reassure me that I’m not making a big mistake if I do? Then I can get on to deciding what to do with the vials of wheatback pennies.