I have always been a great lover of books, and hard to find books are very special to me. Over the years, I have collected a number of hard to find books that have become part of my personal collection of nearly 4,000, and I always enjoy the thrill of the hunt when it comes to finding such books and ultimately, possessing them.
One of the hard to find books that I came across a few years ago is called "The Simple Cobbler of Agawam." This eluded me for a number of years, and not surprisingly, when I did find it I felt like I had accomplished something great. It is not really a book, per se, but more like a pamphlet, and it I sat down and read it as soon as I received it in the mail. I could not understand it all, as it was written in the 1640's, but it is one of my most cherished pieces of literature in my collection.
I found it at an online book store in Massachusetts, and had looked for months at local book shops and sales. I usually do not go online to find hard to find books, because the Internet has made is so much easier to find them. If it is something that I really want and just continue to strike out over and over again at local places, I will usually give in and search online. That was what I thought I was going to have to do with my next book, but I got a very nice surprise.
One day when I was at a local used book sale that one of our public libraries was putting on, I came across a book that I had been trying to find for months. It was a book called "New Grub Street" by George Gissing. I had only heard of the book, I really had no idea what it was about, but when I read reviews of it and knew that it was considered a significant piece of literature for its era, I knew that I had to have it. I was rummaging through a box of books, and there it was. I could not believe my eyes, and I immediately snatched it out of box and put it in my bag, even though no one was even around me. I rushed up to the front and bought it and was so proud of myself for finding it.
Hard to find books are a great passion of mine and I suspect that it will always be that way. I love searching for such books and whenever I find them there is such a sense of accomplishment.