While sorting through my bookshelf I noticed a book that I had yet to get around to reading. I remembered purchasing it not long ago but with so many other books to get through I hadn't started it.
As I leafed through the pages I noticed it was full of brown stains particularly around the edges of each page with various degrees of foxing. I've read books from the 1800s before so it's not something that I've any particular issue with. In fact brown stains, along with the smell of ink, can add a certain charm to a book.
The thing is though this isn't a book from the 1800s. It's The Veiled One by Ruth Rendell. This particular edition from 1989. I've got other books from the same period, kept on the same shelf, in near perfect condition.
I'll still read it, it's not something that puts me off, but I do find it odd how some books age faster than others. I'm guessing it's down to the paper and the process of printing more so than how the book was kept.