I love old Bibles. I especially adore very old bibles that have all the family information written in them, even if that information isn't about my family. All the births, marriages, deaths, and other important events that took place so long ago; it's a rich history, and I am completely fascinated. The more dog-eared, highlighted, and written in, the better!
I have a couple of very old Bibles that were given to me by people outside of my family. There are one or two that I got at antique stores. I have two that belonged to family members, and those I treasure most. One was my dad's, and the other, my Grandma Rose's.
My dad's Bible is one of the very few things of his that I wanted after he died. I know my mom would have liked to have kept it, but she was gracious enough to let me have it. Dad's Bible is literally worn out. It is falling apart. It's a real mess! He kept it in a zippered cover, and that keeps it from getting lost in chunks. I love that it's in such bad shape! It was much used, written in, highlighted, and full of sticky notes that my dad would put in places where something struck him. The front and back covers are full of sticky notes, too. It is very comforting to go through my Dad's Bible, and read his notes. I can hear his voice in them, and it's wonderful to hear his thoughts so clearly. I use his Bible often, and it's special to read a passage, and there are a lot of them, that he'd highlighted. It's like my dad is telling me, "I was here, and this was important to me".
My Grandma Rose's Bible was also obviously well-used. It, too, is ragged and falling apart. After her death, when her house was being cleaned out, this Bible was on a shelf with books and things that hadn't been picked up by other family members, and I was glad to have it. Grandma had several Bibles, and she hadn't used this one in years, but at some point, probably when she was young, it was the Bible she'd read and wrote in. It's wonderful seeing her handwriting and reading the notes that she wrote, and seeing what she'd underlined or marked. I wonder what she was thinking at the moment a certain passage touched her enough for her to underline it.