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Sherlock Holmes for the masses December 1, 2014 – Posted in: Content, Of Interest: Featured Books / Reviews

    It was this time of year in 1887 when we got our first taste.  A Study of Scarlet, originally titled A Tangled Skein, was published by Ward Lock & Co. in Beeton’s Christmas Annual 1887. A. Conan Doyle got £25 for the story and the world was introduced to Sherlock Holmes.   He has since gone on to become the most famous literary character on the planet.           And last month when the U.S.…

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Book Patrol’s Favorite Books of 2014: Part 1 November 30, 2014 – Posted in: Of Interest: Featured Books / Reviews

2014 was a banner year for the book. Not only has the ‘death of the book’ mantra been finally put to sleep but the e-book revolution has smoldered and electronic reading begins to settle into its place in the book universe. In 2014 the well-made book had a strong showing. One of the healthiest by-products of the electronic hysteria has been a greater attention to the production of the book and coupled with the plethora of offerings of books about…

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The Thing The Book: A Monument to the Book as Object September 29, 2014 – Posted in: book arts, Content, Of Interest: Featured Books / Reviews

Assembled by the brain trust of THE THING Quarterly‘s, Jonn Herschend & Will Rogan, The Thing The Book is a magical tribute to our favorite physical object, the printed book. More than 30 “creative visionaries” were asked to contribute with each being assigned a different traditional element of a book. From endpapers to ribbon bookmarks to page numbers, no part of the codex is left untouched. Here’s a taste: Ed Ruscha got the bookplate; Jonathan Lethem got the footnotes; Miranda…

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When books went bad: Charting the demise of the well made book February 13, 2014 – Posted in: book arts, graphic design

 Graph accompanying  Extracts from an investigation into the physical properties of books, as they are at present published, undertaken by the Society of Calligraphers    The pamphlet was printed and published by noted American type designer, calligrapher, and book designer W.A. Dwiggins and L.B. Siegfried in 1919 and decried the then current state of book production. For the Society it was unanimous; “All Books of the Present Day are Badly Made” The reason were plenty “to…

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Among His Books by Edith Nesbit October 1, 2012

Though best known for her series The Railway Children  E. Nesbit also wrote 21 collections of poetry as well as numerous adult novels and story collections. She was also a founding member of the Fabian Society. The poem ‘Among His Books’ appeared in the collection  Leaves of Life which was published  in 1888. It is the Poem of the Week at the Guardian where it is read closely by Carol Rumens who calls it “a wry, novelistic tale…

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