Today had some lovely old books in store for me. I've spent most of the day reading "The Orbis Pictus" "the first children’s picture book". It is a textbook in Latin.
"The first edition of this celebrated book was published at Nuremberg in 1657; soon after a translation was made into English by Charles Hoole. The last English edition appeared in 1777, and this was reprinted in America in 1812. This was the first illustrated school-book, and was the first attempt at what now passes under the name of “object lessons.” It is not only an unbelievable extensive book in Latin - we can also learn what the English was like in 1657 and what most everything looked like from household items to animals and tools.
The Fire gloweth, burneth and consumeth to ashes.
Ignis ardet, urit, cremat.
A spark of it struck out of a Flint (or Firestone), 2. by means of a Steel, 1. and taken by Tynder in a Tynder-box, 3. lighteth a Match, 4. and after that a Candle, 5. 9 or stick, 6. and causeth a flame, 7. or blaze, 8.which catcheth hold of the Houses.
Scintilla ejus elisa e Silice, (Pyrite) 2. Ope Chalybis, 1. et excepta a Fomite in Suscitabulo, 3.accendit Sulphuratum, 4. et inde Candelam, 5. vel Lignum, 6.et excitat Flammam, 7. vel Incendium, 8. quod corripit Ædificia.
Smoak, 9. ascendeth therefrom, which, sticking to the Chimney, 10. turneth into Soot.
Fumus, 9. ascendit inde, qui, adhærans Camino, 10. abit in Fuliginem.
"Art in Needlework, A Book about Embroidery", from 1900 by Lewis F. Day and Mary Buckle is another find for all who are interested in textiles.
If you understand German I think you should take a look at "Woher die Kindlein kommen" (Where children comes from" - Sex instruction for children) by Dr. Hans Hoppeler.
I haven't read any of Ruth Sawyer's early books so I couldn't resist "Seven Miles to Arden" from 1915.