Categories for Rare Books

silver and ivory hornbook

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The Weird and The Wonderful:
The Silver and Ivory Hornbook

This week, “The Weird and the Wonderful” is taking a look at one of my favorite Bauman items: our ivory and silver hornbook. While most hornbooks were educational devices–functional, utilitarian–this… Read More

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Preserving Rare Books: Paper Repair and Reinforcement

As we’ve discussed in previous blog posts, books have it rough. The price of reading–no matter how careful you are–is a certain amount of wear and tear. It’s no wonder… Read More

Inscription by Bruce Lee

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The Weird and the Wonderful: How to Protect Yourself on the Streets and in Your Home, Signed By Bruce Lee

Every once in a while, you encounter a time capsule of a book–the kind of book that could only exist in a very specific time and place. This installment of… Read More

A rebacked copy of Locke's Works with bright gilt

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Preserving Rare Books: Rebacking and Respining

To paraphrase The Velveteen Rabbit, “[Rare] isn’t how you are made… It’s a thing that happens to you.” Before rare books become rare, they’re just books. Books are left haphazardly… Read More

Detail from the Funeral Procession Plate

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The Weird and the Wonderful:
Isaac Titsingh’s Illustrations of Japan

Today, it’s hard to imagine an inaccessible land–a place entirely removed from trade, travel, illustration, photography, and film. In the early 1800s, it was easy to imagine such a place…. Read More

Orpheus Mosaic at Woodchester

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The Weird and the Wonderful:
Lysons’ An Account Of Roman Antiquities Discovered At Woodchester In The County Of Gloucester

Samuel Lysons’ An Account of Roman Antiquities Discovered at Woodchester in the County of Gloucester suffers from an unusual problem: excessive specificity of title. The excitement of Roman antiquities gets… Read More

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The Weird and The Wonderful:
Romeyn Hough’s American Woods

Romeyn Hough’s plan was ambitious: a 15-volume set featuring veneers from every American tree (or, as even his prospectus admitted, “at least the most important”)… Read More

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5 Great Books to See in Las Vegas

  Currently on display is a presentation copy of the limited deluxe first edition of Ernest Shackleton’s Heart of the Antarctic and The Antarctic Book: signed by him and all… Read More

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Babbitt: The Single Book that Explains American Life

In the midst of a stultified seminar, a somewhat exasperated professor posited the following question to me and my weary-eyed cohorts. “If you had to pick a single book to… Read More

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5 Great Books to See in Las Vegas

That Plato should be the first of all the ancient philosophers to be translated and broadcast by the printing press was inevitable. –PMM   Printed in the midst of the… Read More