I love everything that’s old: old friends, old times, old manners, old books, old wines. ~Oliver Goldsmith

I have been waiting to write this post for a long, long time.

It was a deciding factor in the name I chose for this site. It’s been a steadily-brewing desire since the days I sat among the stacks and shelves of Katherine Downs’ shop and learned to love the weight of a well-made book in my hands and the feel of the thick, smooth pages between my fingers.

It’s been a vision I’ve cherished: not only to make the proper introductions between certain books and those I know would love them, but to provide the volumes themselves to any who might want to give them a home on their shelves. To offer beautiful, hand-selected old books for a good value and with the personal element of thoughtful reviews.

And so, it is with the greatest excitement that I wish to announce that Monday, the second of August, in the year of our Lord 2010, the Book Shop at Lanier’s Books will open its doors.

I’ll be hanging out the sign, by way of a discreet little link on the sidebar, and it will be a virtual open house. I only wish I could provide the tea for anyone who “stops by”. I can’t imagine anything nicer than sitting down with such kind and lovely readers and chatting the afternoon away over all the verities of life, like Mrs. Downs and I used to do in those days cherished of old.

Lanier’s Books

Antiquarian Gems and Gently-loved Jewels

Opening Monday, August 2, 2010

When you sell a man a book you don't sell just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life. Love and friendship and humour and ships at sea by night - there's all heaven and earth in a book, a real book. ~Christopher Morley

And you’ll notice that I’ve titled this post Part One. Look for more secrets sprinkled over the summer, my friends…