Page 13: Rare books found in Biloxi

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - By David Elliott – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Historic Vieux Marche' in downtown Biloxi is a perfect place to find classic literature.

"This is a very nice piece. It's a first edition Mark Twain," said Mike Hutter, owner of Spanish Trail Bookstore.

Hutter finds and sells rare and antique books. He has a lifelong love affair with literature and he says he feels the need to collect and share classic books.

"I'm a history major. I like the oldness and history of it. We would not be down here in this old building if we did not feel it was our legacy to preserve these books."

There's nothing like opening a book, feeling the paper between your fingers and turning the page.

"And even the physical smell of a book store," said Hutter, surrounded by shelves full of classic books.

Hutter also has a collection of 19th century Currier and Ives color prints and old post cards featuring South Mississippi landmarks.

This year, billions of dollars will be spent on electronic reading devices like Kindles or iPads. The 21st century gadgets are grabbing more and more market share. But Shutter believes the time tested publication of actual books will survive.

"I think there's always a place for books. We have a 500 year head start. We're hanging in there."

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