Carmen Sylva was the pen name of Elisabeth Pauline Ottilie Luise zu Wied (1843-1916). She was the Queen consort of Romania as the wife of King Carol I. She was a very interesting woman, a gifted literate and translator. When I found this book in a charity shop I judged it by its beautiful cover and its excellent condition – even the golden fore-edges of the paper are still intact. Yes, I do this sometimes, because old hard covers are often very artistically designed and always have qualities as time capsules. I didn’t know nothing about the author and was very surprised, when I learned more about this formidable queen. She did a lot for the women of Romania and tried to establish a basis for health, education and – indeed very unusual - even for traditional embroidery, which was also a typical work for women.
Of course are books more than artwork. We are all a little bit obsessed with books and we never judge books by their covers! Our main problem is, we want to own our "friends" and don't want to borrow "friends" from a library. Our second problem is, if you press two books – of course hardcover, which is the adult version of a book – in a shelf together, they will produce paperbacks as offspring. Therefore we have almost no space left and we can’t count our books anymore, for that reason we take measurements in meters.
When Victoria relocated from our place to her own little flat, the first objects we transported, where her books – sadly not all of them. She left with a big part of Roland’s biology books, all the cook books and of course all of her favorite prose. I ruined my back with the transport and ended up as a badly injured heroine from the Battle of Books Broke My Back Mountain (K2 is only a little bit higher) in the hospital I actually needed a surgery. Meanwhile her books taking up two rows in every shelve. The empty shelves at our place are filled up again to the last spot.
Our books are like a spreading disease! Did I mentioned, that this family owns six kindles too? So I have to ask myself, is it normal to buy old fashioned books too, because they have a nice cover? Yes, it is necessary - life is too short to live without beautiful books.