Collecting other people's books is my favorite pastime. I stole that phrase in its entirety from Colin West, the famous illustrator and writer, with his blessings, I might add. When he used the phrase on his website, http://www.colinwest.com, Colin meant that he enjoys collecting books which other writers wrote. On the other hand, when I use the phrase, I mean that I collect books formerly owned by authors, aviators, bibliophiles, and other famous people. These books are formally known as "association copies," however, I prefer to call them "other people's books." I stole this meaning of the phrase from Paul T. Ruxin.
In May, 2004, my friend, Paul Ruxin, presented a talk to the members of the Aldus Club about the association copies and presentation copies of books in his collection. The name of his talk was "Other People's Books."
I should note that the "other people" whose books Paul Ruxin collects are none other than Samuel Johnson, James Boswell, and their contemporaries from the eighteenth century. On the other hand, the "other people" whose books I collect are from more recent times.
In addition to the books my "other people" formerly owned, I also collect their autographed letters and catalogues of their libraries. I call this collection "My Sentimental Library." I stole that phrase from Harry B. Smith. You can view this collection in the photo albums with the purple borders below. Enjoy.
It is now January 2007, and I am taking a break from bibliomania, as per my letter to the members of the Florida Bibliophile Society.
You won't find my books about books webtv websites on the web anymore: I cancelled my webtv subscription.
I returned to Florida as scheduled in August 2007. I never created another website; but I did list my books on Library Thing . And I do have more than a few blogs: My Sentimental Library, Biblio-Connecting, Bibliophiles in My Library, Biblioresearching, Contemplations of MoiBibliomaniac, and another blog that is unrelated to books: Idlewild Blue Yonder.