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Why Real Books Are Great

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Not Available in Paperback

The Louisiana State University Special Collections Library has recently announced an exciting new acquisition. This is a rare copy of Hartmann Schedel’s The Nuremberg Chronicle, printed in 1493 in Germany, in the city that gives the work its name. This incunabula represents one of … Continue reading

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A Little Mistletoe

Mistletoe : legends, myth & folklore written & illustrated by Maryline Poole Adams This little small press book explores many traditional aspects of Midwinter holiday festivals, including the mysteries of mistletoe. It looks at various stories, legends and traditions from … Continue reading

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The Lost Art of Paste Up

This month the London Review of Books celebrates its 40th anniversary. Over the years, the publication has been a cultural touchstone for literary thought and criticism. To recognize the milestone, the LRB released this wonderful video which demonstrates how the whole thing … Continue reading

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Whence Italics

These two books were printed at the historic Aldine Press in Venice. Founded by Aldus Manutius in 1495, it was among the most prominent and successful printing houses of the time. These works date from the early 1500s and feature … Continue reading

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Happy 300th to Robinson Crusoe

Daniel Defoe’s Adventures of Robinson Crusoe was first published on April 25, 1719, and before the end of the year had run through four editions. An abridged children’s version was published in 1784 in Boston, printed and sold by N. … Continue reading

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This Book Is Dangerous (again)

In 1927, Italian Futurist artist and designer Fortunato Depero published his groundbreaking monograph Depero Futurista, or “Depero the Futurist,” which became commonly known as “The Bolted Book” because of its large aluminum fasteners. The avant-garde masterpiece had an imaginative layout, experimental typography, … Continue reading

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It’s still Constantinople to me

As is often the case in the antiquarian book trade, we can search for a title for weeks with no avail and then years later stumble across a copy when we are not even looking. Many years ago I had … Continue reading

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Seeing Philadelphia in 1845

 Philadelphia: City Sights for Little Folks features illustrations of things you could expect to see on a journey through town in 1845. The title, which offers brief descriptions and occasional rhymes, was surprisingly written for children. The book was printed via stereotype, … Continue reading

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Bookbinding Basics

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