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Nautical books include fiction and non-fiction titles. Whether they are factual or fictional, almost all of the titles are considered collectibles. Many people use them for decorating purposes, mainly because of the cover illustrations but also because of the spines.
While your personal book collection likely consists only of titles you have read, professional and amateur interior decorators will choose a book because of the way that it looks. If you have ever rented a vacation home near the beach, you may have seen what I’m talking about.
Decorators want their bookshelves to have a certain look. They may want specific colors or specific sizes. In addition to decorating vacation homes, they also decorate restaurants and offices. The nautical theme is a very popular choice for decorating, especially at or near the coast.
Decorators and homeowners alike may be shopping for coffee table books. In this case, they are usually looking for large illustrations. Popular choices include subjects like lighthouses and pirate flags.
While most coffee table titles are non-fiction, fictional accounts could also be a good choice. Fictional nautical books sometimes include illustrations and it is the illustrations that make them appropriate for the coffee table or the end table. They also work well in waiting rooms or anywhere that a visitor may have a few free moments to browse through the pictures.
Sea charts and river maps are found amongst the pages of many of these selections. Fantasy writers usually like to give their readers a visual account of where the different lands and seas in the story are located.
On some old maps and reproductions of them, you will see references to sea monsters, even though the mapmaker was not a fantasy writer. As you probably know, even the bravest of sea-faring adventurers believed in monsters at one time.
Maps and charts can be found in historically accurate examples, as well. They help the reader understand more about the subject matter. For example, naval battles are the subject in many cases. The inclusion of charts allows the reader to “picture” the battle.
Charts and maps are sometimes the main attractions of the book. Cutting out these illustrations and framing them is an inexpensive decorating idea.
You wouldn’t want to do that to a collector’s item but maybe to something you find in a thrift store or can get for a good price online.
Of course the most expensive collectibles are older editions of well-known titles. Moby Dick and 20,000 Leagues under the Sea are examples of popular nautical books that have been around for many years. Moby Dick was first published in 1851 and 20,000 Leagues under the Sea in 1870.
Finding a first edition of either of those classic's is not impossible but they would be quite expensive. Luckily, there are some later editions that look very nice and are reasonably priced. Other popular fictional titles include Treasure Island and the Caine Mutiny.
Battles are not the only topics of non-fiction books. Navigating, sailing, tying knots, ship handling, types of engines and anything having to do with seamanship may be the subject.
If you’re interested in learning more about operating a marine vessel, reading a book is a good place to start. Sailors of all levels of experience have typically read many. They keep them in their homes or on their ships to use as reference.
So there are many reasons that nautical books were popular in years past and continue to be popular today. Some people think there is nothing better than a good fish story, regardless of the size of the fish. Whether you are interested in reading or decorating, you’ll find there are hundreds of titles to choose from.
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