Last Updated on 8/18/2005 by bidz

Well, if you are in the Chicago area this Wednesday or Thursday, and love old books, this seems to be a rare opportunity to acquire some collectible books at bargain prices (beware the hordes). Whoops, too late as I post this, but indicates that there are deals out there still:

Old books looking for new home

Rare offering: Aurora University sale includes 18th, 19th century works
By Justina Wang
Staff Writer

“AURORA – The leather bindings are falling apart, and some of the covers are held on by a ribbon.

Aurora University library aide Jewel Huggins picked up each book like a buried treasure, tenderly flipping through the worn pages.

A set of Shakespeare plays published in 1821.
The History and Adventures of the Renowned Don Quixote, published in 1730.
An 1858 copy of John Milton’s Paradise Lost.

These are among the last remains of the Aurora University rare books room, which was dismantled earlier this year because of a ‘lack of interest,’ Huggins said. Built in the 1960s, the room was occasionally used by interested librarians and one English literature professor who would take his students in once a year.

…The books are part of AU’s Phillips Library book sale this week, most carrying handwritten price tags of $5 to $20”

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