December 14, 2013
updownbindery:

design-is-fine:

Recipe book for decorated paper, late 19th century. Germany. Koninklijke Bibliothek

So cool!

updownbindery:

design-is-fine:

Recipe book for decorated paper, late 19th century. Germany. Koninklijke Bibliothek

So cool!

(via libralthinking)

December 9, 2013
explore-blog:

Lovely vintage ads for libraries and reading from the 1950s-1980s.

explore-blog:

Lovely vintage ads for libraries and reading from the 1950s-1980s.

(Source: , via dansscans)

October 31, 2013

odditiesoflife:

Vintage Bookplates Featuring the Grim Reaper

On each bookplate, you will notice the words Ex Libris. A bookplate, also known as ex-librīs [Latin, “from the books of…”], is usually a small print or decorative label pasted into a book, often on the inside front cover, to indicate its owner.

Bookplates typically bear a name, motto, device, coat-of-arms, crest, badge, or any motif that relates to the owner of the book, or is requested by him from the artist or designer. The name of the owner usually follows an inscription such as “from the books of…” or “from the library of…”, or in Latin, ex libris….

Bookplates are important evidence for the provenance of books. In the United States, bookplates replaced book rhymes after the 19th century. The earliest known marks of ownership of books or documents date from the reign of Amenophis III in Egypt (1391–1353 BC).

However, in their modern form, they evolved from simple inscriptions in books which were common in Europe in the Middle Ages, when various other forms of “librarianship” became widespread (such as the use of class-marks, call-numbers, or shelfmarks). The earliest known examples of printed bookplates are German, and date from the 15th century.

sources 1, 2, 3

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September 11, 2013
mythologyofblue:

Shakespeare’s handwriting - and why it matters. Read this NYT article. (via erikkwakkel) +

mythologyofblue:

Shakespeare’s handwriting - and why it matters. Read this NYT article. (via erikkwakkel) +

August 29, 2013

lilith-et-adalia:

Marie Antoinette’s Last Letter Stained By Her Tears

16th October, 4.30 A.M.

It is to you, my sister, that I write for the last time. I have just been condemned, not to a shameful death, for such is only for criminals, but to go and rejoin your brother. Innocent like him, I hope to show the same firmness in my last moments. I am calm, as one is when one’s conscience reproaches one with nothing. I feel profound sorrow in leaving my poor children: you know that I only lived for them and for you, my good and tender sister.

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August 19, 2013
uispeccoll:

digg:

The first known globe to include the New World is engraved on an ostrich egg

WOW! SERIOUSLY!?! WHAT? AMAZING!

uispeccoll:

digg:

The first known globe to include the New World is engraved on an ostrich egg

WOW! SERIOUSLY!?! WHAT? AMAZING!

August 6, 2013

myimaginarybrooklyn:

The Museum of Witchcraft, Boscastle, Cornwall, UK.

(via awesomearchives)

August 5, 2013

rgr-pop:

librariangemma:

Remember buses? They were what we once used to transport ourselves outside of our home so we could access the world, before the world came to us via the Internet. In those days, sometimes the buses would come to us; and some of them brought things like books. Books? Primitive e-books but better, more like a present. You never really new what was inside a book until you opened the covers and started reading. And they smelt, rather pleasantly. Reading a book was an experience.

hahaha “remember buses”

where do you even library

(Source: library-lessons)

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July 3, 2013

zachselley:

nevver:

Summertime Festivals

Shot throughout the early sixties, this collection of photos was captured by a young aspiring photographer named John Rudoff at the infamous Newport Folk Festival. Bob Dylan, Son House, Joan Baez, Mississippi John Hurt, Pete Seeger, Hedy West: not a bad lineup…

Just gorgeous photos 

(Source: oldchum)

July 1, 2013
theparisreview:

Scholarship.



literally me

theparisreview:

Scholarship.

literally me