This bound copy of Handel's Messiah caught my eye recently.
Oxfam sold it to me for all of around £1.99, if I remember correctly.
I've no idea how old it is, certainly pre-decimalisation.
I bought it simply to admire.
Back during my Middle School years, aged 11-13,
I was in both the school choir and orchestra.
So at some point in my life, I could sing and read music.
I can still sing, after a fashion, but I've definitely lost the art of reading music.
I often use Handel's Messiah as background music when I dust and vacuum
and sing along loudly.
That I sang the line, "and we like sheep ..." as, "the big white chief ..." is hearsay.