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Horn books, the preservation there-of

(Image from the Library of Congress Digital Collections) I’m researching a bit about horn books, because I have to make some enclosures for a few in our collection. During my research I came across this delightful quote (from “HISTORY OF THE HORN-BOOK”, The Spectator, 1 Aug 1896) “Mr. Tuer says that the "preservation of more […]

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Bookplate Poetry!

Bookplate poetry! #foundinlibraries #libraryrhyme and a binders ticket from E. Watts pic.twitter.com/e8lcFyaTug — eliza gilligan (@atthebench_cons) January 16, 2015

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Dot Porter, Curator, Digital Research Services at the University of Pennsylvania Library, offers a video orientation to Penn Library’s LJS 189,  Zakhīrah-ʹi Khvārazmshāhī, by Ismāʻīl ibn Ḥasan Jurjānī. The manuscript was written in Persia in the 14th century, in Persian. It is a medical encyclopedia in 9 books, with discussions of physiology, anatomy, pathology, diagnosis, fevers, specific […]

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Deckle-Fetishism | The New Antiquarian | The Blog of The Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America

Deckle-Fetishism | The New Antiquarian | The Blog of The Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America Deckle-fetishism seems to be a peculiarly Anglo-American affliction. I know French and Italian collectors, for example, who would prefer a book to be in a contemporary binding, rather than having it uncut in the original printed wrappers. Each to their […]

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3 examples of original paste paper from the 18th century.

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Your Old Books – RBMS – Rare Books & Manuscripts Section

Your Old Books – RBMS – Rare Books & Manuscripts Section This guide addresses some frequently asked questions about rare and older books and their values. The answers are meant only as general responses to these questions, and many possible exceptions are not described. No attempt has been made to identify or to evaluate individual […]

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Leather coloring that reminds me of autumn leaves. The inside is just as brittle as crisp autumn leaves, too, which is a shame.

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Welcome to the 18th century, where the ex libris are made up and the straightness of your tooling doesn’t matter.

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Medieval Manuscripts Alive

Medieval Manuscripts Alive Hear the pages of centuries-old books come to life in a new series featuring expert speakers reading the languages of the Middle Ages

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1923 Jacques & Son Catalog Now Online | The Guild of Book Workers

1923 Jacques & Son Catalog Now Online | The Guild of Book Workers High-quality digital images of the 16-page 1923 John Jacques & Son catalog are now available to view through the online image gallery. The catalog is in printed in landscape format (5"x7") and offers excellent images of the machinery, printed specs, and prices. […]