by Steve Laube
I love books, especially old or rare ones. Back in college I spent a couple months working in the back room of the university library repairing their rare book collection. I’ll never forget the awe of holding a copy of a book by Theodore Beza, a student of John Calvin, dated in the 1600s.
I also recall one Summer in Washington D.C. around the annual CBA bookseller’s convention when a friend and I wandered the stacks of the Library of Congress discovering extremely rare treasures.
Years later while visiting the Wade Center at Wheaton College I was able to browse the personal library of Dorothy Sayers. Pulling books off the shelf to find her precise script in the margins. Other highlights in the collection is wardrobe owned by C.S. Lewis (open it with care!).
The other day I wondered what was the oldest book I owned in my library? I have a few from the early 1800s which are really fun to examine, but it was the one pictured below that oldest by over thirty years.
Looking Unto Jesus: A View of the Everlasting Gospel or the Soul’s Eying of Jesus, as Carrying on the great Work of Man’s Salvation, from First to Last by the great puritan Isaac Ambrose. This leatherbound edition is dated 1772 and was published in Glasgow, Scotland (in roman numeral it reads M,DCC,LXXII).