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The Bookseller “spurred me on”: The deeply troubling Carnegie Library theft January 17, 2020 – Posted in: Bookselling / Collecting, bookshops, Content, Special Collections

One was the sole archivist for and head of the rare book room at the Carnegie Library. The other was an antiquarian bookseller and proprietor of Caliban Books. They both recently pleaded guilty for their part in one of the biggest library heists on record, stealing millions of dollars worth of material from the Carnegie library. For pretty much as long as they were at the helm of their respective workplaces Greg Priore and John…

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Denslow’s OZ January 14, 2020 – Posted in: books, Content, Illustration

      Of the 14 books in L. Frank Baum’s beloved Wizard of Oz series only one was illustrated by W.W. Denslow. As it turns out, it was a big one. For it was Denslow that illustrated the first volume, Wizard of Oz, published in 1900, and visually introduced us to Dorothy and the gang.   Though many of us think of John R. Neill when thinking of Oz illustrators it was Denslow’s  “depictions…

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The Collected Poems of Donald J. Trump January 13, 2020 – Posted in: books, Content, Twitter & Verse

    “I thought maybe I could turn the thing that has been weaponized into something beautiful,” says Gregory Woodman of Portland, the 29-year-old founder of the ad agency Weller Creative, who along with his business partner Ian Pratt have published The Collected Poems of Donald J. Trump. The 373 page book compiles hundreds of Trump’s tweets and is arranged in chapters such as “Loathings,” “Free Verse” and “Introspective Musings.”  Combining the measured contentiousness of…

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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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Shanghai: Pop-up perfection for Hauser and Wirth and a new poetry bookshop January 1, 2020 – Posted in: bookshops, Content, Interior Design

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…

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