1) 'The Sutton Hoo Ship Burial, a provisional guide' - dated 1958, with my father's name written on the front. When I picked this up, some very yellow newspaper cuttings about the Fishbourne palace at Chichester floated out of it. The cuttings don't have dates, but on the back of one of them are some London property adverts. A three bed, 2 reception room flat in Marble Arch with garage? £675pa!
2) A very faded copy of 'Everyday Life in Roman Britain' published in 1924, with my grandfather's name in it...
I wonder if somewhere, there are even older books about Roman Britain with great-grandparently names in them. And I wonder how much of the information I am reading now is stuff that they read too. Both died when I was in my teens, and I don't remember ever discussing this with either of them.
(I found Tacitus: the translation is published 1948, so I think it's probably my Granddad's.)