For collectors of rare books, a book is more than simply the words which comprise it. And collecting is more than just experiencing the physical presence of the book. It's the marriage of the two. From the smell of its aging pages to the construction of its intricate binding, the book is experienced in all its physical composition, as it converges with the words that lay immortal, between its covers. The words that have the ability to transport you to new worlds and new places; transcending physical time and space to unexplored territories beyond your own imagination.
The awe of holding an almost one-of-a-kind copy; or a copy signed by a legendary author in his own hand; or a copy owned by a famous historical or literary figure. For the collector, the book does more than simply transmit the author's words from the page. It becomes part of an awe-inspiring and exhilarating experience. This is why we take great care of our books and ensure their safety and long life. This is why we love to collect.
There are also sound financial reasons to collect rare books. Rare first edition copies, signed copies, limited edition copies, all lend themselves to the uniqueness of a particular book and its significance in its particular genre. The better the condition, the more valuable and collectible the book. Rare books are collected not only for the physical joy and emotional attachment they foster, but because they may also retain considerable value. They are an investment as much as they are a contribution to the history of literature and the genre they represent.
Read books because they interest you. Collect books because they have become a part of you.