While doing research in our newspaper archive other day, I had a patron ask me what the oldest book in our library was.
I did a little sleuthing and this is what I came up with:
Two books, Pen Pictures from the Garden of the World: History of Oregon, Illustrated and History of Washington Volume 1, both with print dates in 1893.
The Pen Pictures book has a lovely, embossed leather cover.
Unfortunately, we don't know much about these two books, other than they are very old. Both have complete page counts, and are an interesting look into the history of the Pacific Northwest.
If you are interested in taking a gander at these old tomes, please inquire about the Genealogy Reference section at the front desk. :-)