I love seeing possibilities in old things and when I saw this 1938 book of flower and fruit prints, it didn’t take much imagination to envision all the color pages cut out and framed. They would look stellar!
And some of the flower prints had a surprisingly moody feel that intrigued me. I love all the dark clouds and mountains in the backgrounds.
But as I researched this book by Gordon Dunthorne (“Flower And Fruit Prints of the 18th and Early 19th Centuries: Their History, Makers, And Uses, With A Catalogue Raisonne of the Works in Which They are Found”), I discovered this copy is a privately printed, first edition and one of only 2500 copies.
So, it’s good news, bad news. It’s a special, rare-ish book, but now I’m having a hard time contemplating cutting it up! It feels wrong!
If I look at it from a purely financial standpoint, I’ve seen this same book (in similar condition, unsigned) listed from various sellers between $50 – $300, if you can get that. But if I were to cut out the 36 fabulous color prints and sell them for, say even $10 each…well, it doesn’t take a math genius to figure out the better option. But still I hate the thought of cutting it up. Though on the up side, a print hanging on a wall would receive a lot more visibility in daily life than it would in a coffee table book … and I can SO picture that sunflower framed and adorning a kitchen wall.
Still not sure what I’m going to do. What would you do?