Ive’s Book Brace: A 19th century American bookend January 10, 2020 – Posted in: books in design, Content, product design

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…

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