I have an online acquaintance who is a writer who collects old style manuals. I found that interesting. I only have a few books that are old that I've collected in quite a haphazard fashion.
Passed on to my father by my grandfather was a book entitled The Deaconship. It was originally written in 1846 and reprinted in 1946. I have permanently borrowed it. It's a small 6 1/2" x 4 1/2" book. Besides being interesting in its own right, the book bears the underlining in red pencil of portions that my grandfather highlighted.
Another old book I have is one I picked up at a thrift shop, Winning Declamations and How to Speak Them. It has a copyright of 1924. Do people declaim nowadays?
My third old book had quite a bit in it to amuse us. It is Webster's High School Dictionary with a copyright of 1892.
Of course, some words present a much different image now. Observe the illustration of ambulance, "a flying hospital."
A clipping tucked between the pages advertised "Harriet Hubbard Ayer's Cream Cleansing Soap" and other "Bathroom Requisites."
Old books--a connection to a time past.