A Collection of Books

I love books! I am a big reader and have a large book collection at home, but I love finding stone books among the tombstones while wandering a cemetery. I find them very interesting and love trying to interpret what they mean.

Books can be both decorative or a representation of something. You can sometimes find a book being used as a decorative device to display the name of the deceased along with the birth and death dates. An open book can sometimes represent the human heart, as in it’s emotions are open to the world. An open book may also symbolize a life that has been cut short, before getting to the last page. Another variation of this is an open book with a cloth draped across it. This also represents a life cut short, the veil of death having bookmarked the person’s last chapter before the book is finished being written. A closed book might represent a long life, lived to the last chapter.

Any book found in a cemetery may represent the bible. Sometimes you may even find the words “Holy Bible” engraved on the book.

In my experience, books are not as common as some other funerary symbols, like hands and lambs. I love to photograph them when I do find them. I wanted to share some of my favorites with you today.

One thought on “A Collection of Books

  1. Tremendously lovely images and examples of this classic gravemarker design element. I too am a huge lifelong bookworm (my mom says that between her help and my eagerness to teach myself, I learned to read before I was in kindergarten – and there has been no stopping me ever since! :D) and am very much drawn to book imagery at cemeteries as well.

    The example with the tissue holder is such a rarity (at least around these parts). I have only seen a couple of markers with such holders (logical, objectively, as they are) in person anywhere to date.

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

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