Inspiration

Another reason to visit the Antipodes

(seeing Ampersand Duck being, of course, the first): (Via @thebookdesigner; cross-posted at Clusterflock)

To be fond of ; to like ; to have good will toward ; to delight in, with preëminent affection.

Love. Chronicle Books had only a dummy of the trade edition at BEA, but the book is out now. (Buy it through Indiebound.)

My Kind of Town

My Kind of Town

Last week I went to Chicago for two days, to see what there was to see. I had lunch with Maia Wright, a now-even-more-cherished visitor to this blog, and spent an afternoon tooling around with Sheila Ryan, whom I also originally met in the comments here and who led me over to my blog-away-from-home, Clusterflock. […]

from the Guardian

from the Guardian

They’ve been doing a lot of nifty slide shows at the Guardian. Here are four recent ones: British Library launches online newspaper archive As you may have guessed, I love this kind of stuff. Unfortunately, the archive website’s not working—at least, for me. I click on links and get nothing but error messages. I’ve written […]

Bookuleles

Bookuleles

I love to make books and I love to play the ukulele. Can I put these two loves together? Can I make a book out of a uke? Holy moly. From The Ukulele Books of Peter and Donna Thomas, via Ukulele Hero, via Dylan.

A-lines are always in style

Brainiac Josh Glenn takes issue with Steven Heller’s facile assertion that although “The human leg has evolved continually over many eons, adapting from an underwater propeller to its current form . . . on book covers and on film and theater posters, the leg has evolved very little.” I hate to quibble with the master, […]

Fore-edge books

Fore-edge books

Had you heard of fore-edge paintings? I hadn’t. From Karen at hangingtogether.org: During Merrilee’s and my visit to the Boston Public Library last Friday, Tom Blake and Maura Marx introduced us to the results of the BPL’s digitization of its fore-edge books—books with paintings on their edges that can be viewed only by looking at […]

Scott K. Kellar binding - trees

Making trees’ deaths worthwhile, since 1972

I’m trying to close some browser tabs that I’ve been carrying along for at least two months, and I just can’t click the little x on this one without mentioning it. Scott K. Kellar, bookbinder and conservator? Does some really lovely work. Go look.

Another sliver of history

I’ve been working on cleaning up another set of public domain images and posting them to Flickr, and my plan was to unveil them all at once when I’d accumulated a nice, fat stack comparable to this earlier collection. I’m really, really busy this month, however, and I’m afraid I won’t get back to this […]

The Motherlode of Vintage Bookbinding History

Earlier this week, Miss Sheila Ryan, archivist extraordinaire, drew my attention to the 2008 winner of the award for Best Online Archival Exhibition, as reported by Kate Theimer at ArchivesNext.com: “Publishers’ Bindings Online, 1815–1930: The Art of Books,” created by the University of Alabama, University Libraries, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries. It has taken […]