Rare Books, Stories About Books

Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged

“Who is John Galt?” With this question, Ayn Rand began her final novel, Atlas Shrugged, one of the most controversial, influential, and bestselling books of the 20th century. It’s a… Read more

First Editions, Miniseries, Rare Books, Rare Books 101

Rare Books 101: How to Begin Collecting Rare Books

If you’ve ever thought about collecting first editions, but didn’t know where to start, this post is for you. Here are 5 tips from me on how to begin collecting. Read More

Legends of Photography, Miniseries, Rare Books

Life is Good & Good for you in New York by William Klein

Did William Klein know how to take photographs when he created the images that made him famous? If you asked him today he would likely answer he did not. A… Read More

First Editions, Illustrated Books You've Never Heard Of, Miniseries

Aubrey Beardsley’s Birth, Life, and Acts of King Arthur

I’ve mentioned more than once the influence of Aubrey Beardsley on the artists featured in this miniseries – e.g., Kay Nielsen (see “Tales from the Old North”) and Harry Clarke… Read More

First Editions, Miniseries, Rare Books, Stories About Books

The Story Behind the First Edition of Ulysses by James Joyce

The first edition of perhaps the greatest English book of the 20th century was published by a bookstore, in Paris, which had never printed a book before, and never would… Read More

First Editions, Legends of Photography, Miniseries, Rare Books

Ballet by Alexey Brodovitch

This is one of my favorite photobooks. It has it all – moving images, superb design and a great story. It stands as a one-of-a kind testament to the innovation of… Read More

Illustrated Books You've Never Heard Of, Miniseries

Alice in Wonderland, Illustrated by Salvador Dalí

Little known fact: Lewis Carroll paid for the printing of Alice in Wonderland himself.   Surprisingly, this isn’t actually all that unusual when it comes to illustrated titles published in… Read More

Stories About Books

The Story: Walt Whitman’s First Edition Leaves of Grass

One of the world’s most important books of poetry may never have been published if the poet had not been a printer himself. I speak of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass,… Read More

Legends of Photography, Miniseries, Rare Books

Walker Evans: American Photographs

Travelling the land of the free, Walker Evans released photography in America from a cultural lockdown. By training his eye on the effects of the Depression era, he redrew the… Read More

Illustrated Books You've Never Heard Of, Miniseries, Rare Books

E.A. Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination, illustrated by Harry Clarke

I’ve always had a hazy kind of affection for Edgar Allan Poe. His stories are strange and rich; his poems are satisfyingly moody. (He was also my middle school’s namesake… Read More

Legends of Photography, Miniseries

Bill Brandt: A Night in London

Viewing the images in Bill Brandt’s A Night in London reminds me of Sherlock Holmes. As I turn the pages, I am transported to foggy nights in the capital city,… Read More