"Don't Judge a Book by It's Cover"
As one can see from the pictures to the left-hand side of the page, this book has survived the United States Civil War, Reformation, Two World Wars, the Stock Market Crash of 1929(Black Tuesday), and many more major events to be in my hands at the time the pictures were taken--2017.
Although these books have survived all these global events, it has seen better days. As one can tell the cover has split in two and is no longer attached to the backing it was originally bonded to. The dry, flaking leather seemed to crumble every time I would turn a page. The size and style of binding that the book was attached to says a lot about the purpose of this book when it was originally created. The size suggests that it was meant to be carried around, maybe by a student or someone who wanted to read up about the natural history of creation. The plain text style of publishing and little to no aesthetic appeal to the consumer, one can determine that this book was not made to last if it still is. The pages are practically falling apart. In addition to that, there seems to have been some noticeable water damage to the end of the book, were the texts appears somewhat faded and the pages begin to wrinkle.
Water damage or not, that does not matter in this case because I am a man who prefers a physical book in front of me instead of reading off a computer. I am a collector of old books and one can appreciate the beauty of text when one can feel the roughness of the paper and the sound of a page turning.