Vintage book hand purses

From $195

These beautiful vintage books were chosen to become handheld book purses because of their size, durability, and attractive covers. Choose from your favorite author, artist-illustrated cover, or Art Nouveau design.  Size, color, and style of handle all come into play when you want to use your handheld book bag. You can decide if you want an evening bag, an everyday bag, or a briefcase-sized handheld book purse by how you plan on using it. The choice is yours

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A Note From Kathleen

It is important to remember that these vintage book purses are old and in as-found condition. I clean, repair and preserve the book covers but some have minor wear and tear that will still be visible.  All book spines have been triple-reinforced with archival linen book tape, and new book board has been added for longevity.  Leather has been waterproofed, fabric covers have been treated with Scotchgard® and paper litho boards have been triple-coated to prevent water damage. All vintage book purses come with a vintage button as a simple loop closure.  Each book purse has either one or two interior pockets for credit cards and licenses, depending on the size of the book.  I designed your vintage book purse so that the fabric lining holds all the weight distribution, so you really can use your book purse.