My entry for todays theme is not my favourite book but our most precious book, or rather books, viz. the collected works of Jacob Cats, a famous 17th century Dutch poet, and an old bible, the so-called Statenbijbel. These books were printed in 1726 and 1641, respectively.
I inherited them from my parents because they thought I had a special affinity with them, in particular with the bible. The reason was the following.
At school we got as homework the translation of a piece of the bible (written in Greek) into Dutch. I knew that the old bible of my parents was a direct translation of the Greek bible, so I thought to be clever and "borrowed" this precious book, although no one was supposed to touch this old and fragile item! It turned out that the Dutch translation didn't help me very much; for me, 17th century Dutch was even more difficult than Greek! Of course my parents discovered that I had taken the book to my room.
When my mother died we found a letter to her children and grandchildren. In this letter she stipulated that I should get the two books together with the beautifully decorated table where they have lain for the last 70 years.