Illustrated - Art, Photography, Architecture

The Illustrative Processes: Engraving

Engraving has suffered from an identity crisis, perhaps born from its ubiquity. Humans have used engraving as a tool for expression in every era and every place, from prehistoric cave… Read more

Rare Books

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

Illustrated - Art, Photography, Architecture

The Weird and The Wonderful:
Arthur Szyk’s War Orphans

This week, I want to take a look at one of my favorite pieces: Arthur Szyk’s War Orphans. Read More

A rebacked copy of Locke's Works with bright gilt

Rare Books

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

Rare Books

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

Rare Books

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

Rare Books

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

Children's Lit

The Story Behind A.A. Milne’s Pooh Books

Click here to view our rare books by A.A. Milne. “Isn’t it funny how a bear loves honey?” One of the most familiar storybook bears is Winnie-the-Pooh created by A.A…. Read More

Illustrated - Art, Photography, Architecture

The Knave of Hearts Illustrated by Maxfield Parrish

Ladies and gentlemen, you are about to hear the truth of an old legend that has persisted wrongly through the ages; Read More

American Revolution

Books the Founders Read: Sidney’s Discourses Concerning Government

In this new series, I’ll highlight books that the Founding Fathers read, owned, wrote about, and were influenced by— works that were important in the creation of the United States… Read More

Rare Books 101

Rare Books as Gifts

Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it’s much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world…. Read More