Ive’s Book Brace: A 19th century American bookend

Hailed as “a valuable invention for booksellers, librarians, clergymen and reading-men” the Ive’s book brace hit the market in 1850.

It was designed to hold books on partially filled shelves for “As must be well known to all, Books, if allowed to stand loosely upon a shelf, will not retain their original shape for any great length of time.”

It sure beats the heavy bookends made of marble, bronze and wood that had been around for centuries. It was also 27 years before William Stebbins Barnard would patent the simple sheetmetal bookend

Charles B. Norton, in addition to being listed on the broadside as the library agent for the Book Brace, was a literary agent, and publisher in New York (1850–60) who issued a number of important bibliographical works, including the first edition of Poole’s Index to Periodical Literature.


Library of Congress catalog entry




Shanghai: Pop-up perfection for Hauser and Wirth and a new poetry bookshop

Pixcell Deer by Kohei Nawa

Let’s start off the new decade in Shanghai featuring what very well could be one of the coolest pop-up bookshops of the last decade and the opening of a new poetry bookshop.

In early 2018, inside the art space – bookshop of Modern Eye in Central Shangai, dongqi Architects created a three-story pavilion for the noted art gallery and publisher, Hauser & Wirth.

The space featured publications and other goodies and drew its inspiration from the Granary Shed at the Hauser & Wirth gallery in Somerset, England. The shed is a traditional English structure used to store grain and to protect it from the elements.

View more at arch daily. All photos by Raitt Liu.

Shanghai’s newest poetry bookshop, Sinan Books: Poetry Store has recently opened in the Huangpu District. It is housed in a smartly renovated old Russian Orthodox church.

Opening inventory –  1,880 titles, including 600 foreign volumes. Books are shelved by country, besides China, the books are mainly from 10 countries, including Japan, France, Britain, America, Poland, Italy and Russia.More at Shine


Library de Kimpel

Belgium’s Library de Kimpel is the latest library featured at arch daily. Designed by Adem Architecten  the new library was part of a master plan that included turning the existing library into offices and an exhibition center and the construction of a new youth center. The project was completed in 2015.

The interior of the library is designed and organized around 5 subject areas: Music, Literature and Poetry, Lifestyle and Sport, Art and Architecture and Travel.

More photos here

All photos © Adem Architecten