Biblipeacay

statelibrarynsw:

To celebrate Children’s Book Week during August, the State Library of New South Wales will be showcasing some of our unique manuscript collections of iconic Australian children’s writers and illustrators.

May Gibbs (1877-1969) 

May Gibbs (1877-1969), author, illustrator and cartoonist, has captured the hearts and imaginations of generations of Australians with her lovable bush characters and fanciful landscapes. Her iconic children’s literature and folklore is still as popular as ever, holding a special place in the Australian consciousness. Best known for The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, Gibbs also wrote and illustrated many other children’s books, produced long-running cartoon strips and a variety of commercial work. A fiercely determined woman, she was Australia’s first full-time, professionally trained children’s book illustrator, developing an uniquely Australian fantasy vernacular which is relevant now as it was then. In 1955, May Gibbs was appointed Member of the British Empire (MBE) in acknowledgement of her important contribution to children’s literature. Find out more about May Gibbs and view her illustrations on the Discover Collections website, State Library of NSW.

Also see: Snugglepot & Cuddlepie.

saiclibrary:

Special Collections is very excited about this new acquisition, Typo Bilder Buch, by Romano Hänni.  The entire book is letter-press printed on paper towels using a hand proofing press making this large book unexpectedly light.

Contact Special Collections to make an appointment for viewing this exciting new title!

jfabc@saic.edu
312.899.7486.

uispeccoll:

Beautiful book of the day: The Red Book of Animal Stories, published in1899. [Stein QL791 L275] #uiowa #specialcollections #libraries #beutifulbookoftheday #animals #childrensliterature #finebinding #animalkingdom #publishersbinding #19thcentury

uispeccoll:

Beautiful book of the day: The Red Book of Animal Stories, published in1899. [Stein QL791 L275] #uiowa #specialcollections #libraries #beutifulbookoftheday #animals #childrensliterature #finebinding #animalkingdom #publishersbinding #19thcentury

nemfrog:

Ernst Haeckel. 1875.

nemfrog:

Ernst Haeckel. 1875.

More notes on this Jesuit emblemata from misteraitch.
houghtonlib:

David, Jan, 1545?-1613. Veridicus Christianus, 1601.
Typ 630.01.318
Houghton Library, Harvard University

More notes on this Jesuit emblemata from misteraitch.

houghtonlib:

David, Jan, 1545?-1613. Veridicus Christianus, 1601.

Typ 630.01.318

Houghton Library, Harvard University

muspeccoll:

Everyone out of the water! It’s Shark Week!

In honor of Shark Week, we thought you would enjoy a few colored plates from A History of the Fishes of the British Isles by Jonathan Couch, 1877.

- Karen Witt

Family crest from a 1902 calendar/album on *Baltic Heraldry*. 

Family crest from a 1902 calendar/album on *Baltic Heraldry*. 

bookpatrol:

BLOOKS = Objects made in the emulation of books

The word “Blook” first surfaced as a word in 2001 when Jeff Jarvis coined it to represent a printed book derived from a blog. In 2006 the word was short-listed  for inclusion in the Oxford English Dictionary and was a runner-up for Word of the Year.

Now, thanks to Mindell Dubansky, it has a new meaning: objects made in the emulation of books, either by hand or commercial manufacture.

Dubansky, who is head of the Sherman Fairchild Center for Book Conservation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art,  is waving the BLOOK flag on a new blog devoted to these bookish gems.

All over the world, for hundreds of years, people have been making, collecting and presenting book-objects that reflect their devotion and respect for books and for each other. There are countless examples; they include bars, cameras, radios, banks, toys, memorials, food tins, desk accessories, book safes, musical instruments, magic tricks, furniture and jewelry.

Amazing stuff. For those who need more Blook’s in their life I have started a Pinterest board to chronicle these delightful objects.

Dubansky’s blog - About Blooks

NY Times piece - Collecting Books That Are Just Covers

'The Apothecary' 1830 by GE Madeley.
Courtesy of http://wellcomeimages.org/
Madeley bio.

'The Apothecary' 1830 by GE Madeley.

Courtesy of http://wellcomeimages.org/

Madeley bio.