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2016.05.27 - 06 - Handmade Bookbinding Lying Press - Rope-Wrapped Handles

Looks like someone has a lot spare time and that someone is me. Yesterday I’ve spent an hour and a half wrapping handles of my newly made lying press with a rope. I know, I know, usually you can see something like wooden handles. But I don’t have a lathe in my workshop (yet). I had some old handles made with bare steel nuts and I thought: why don’t give that idea a chance?

But, first things first. I finally made myself a proper lying press. I mean the press that can be tightened with handles. Not with wing nuts or the ordinary steel nuts and pliers. For many years I’ve been using presses that needed some additional tools to be tightened both at my workshop and bookbinding classes I teach. I even sold them several times.

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A new Shakespeare-themed train would be in service in the Moscow Underground for six month starting today. Joint project by the British Council and Moscow Metro have resulted in the eighteenth themed train and fourth literary-themed train to be in operation in the Russian capital at the moment.

You can find more photos of the train at the Afisha-Daily web site.
(I encourage you to follow the link — these photos are much better than the ones provided by the Moscow government you can see above =))

And that’s how the train design was created: http://www.artlebedev.ru/everything/metro/shakespeare/process/

Some photos of the other literary-themed trains in Moscow Metro:

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2016.05.18 - The Apostle - the Oldest Printed Book of Ukraine Is Stolen

Rare book department of the National Library of Ukraine could’t account for their copy of ‘The Apostle’ — the oldest book printed in the modern borders of Ukraine.

Russian version of ‘The Apostle’ was first published by Ivan Fyodorov (Russian and Ukrainian first known printer) in 1564. The Ukrainian edition was edited in Lviv in 1574 (so-called ‘Lviv Apostle’). There were about 1000 copies printed there. Only 90 of them have survived until the 21st century and are preserved in the largest libraries of Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Bulgaria, the U.S., and some other countries.

There were five copies of the ‘Lviv Apostle’ in possession of the National Library of Ukraine. However, all of them are incomplete. Supposed value of ‘The Apostle’ exceeds 200,000 Euro.

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“…If you’re detecting a light floral aroma, you’re probably smelling 2-ethyl hexanol, a kind of alcohol, that’s often used in solvents, but also in flavors and scents…”

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