I hope this week's digitized book would be a delight not only for book-lovers but also for the fans of classical music and music history. That's a catalog of 40 ex libris with musical instruments or related to music.
Digitized Book of the Week: Catalog of the Maurice Escoffier Collection for the Giraud-Badin Auction
Professor Escoffier had a particular fondness for the Romanticism and, along with these activities, his passion for books led him to open a bookstore of old books The House of the bibliophile ("La Maison du bibliophile") in 1922.
Digitized Book of The Week: A Short Historical Sketch of the Art of Bookbinding by William L. Andrews
Here is the last digitized book of October. It's much smaller, and I wasn't initially considering it to be scanned at all. First, we already have it in our Book Collection; second, it is available at the Smithsonian Libraries digital archive.
This week's scanned book is the third volume of the catalog of the library of René Descamps-Scrive. Last week I posted some excerpts from the first two volumes of the same catalog.
For quite some time I've been looking for a new way to show gratitude to patrons of iBookBinding at Patreon.com. And several weeks ago I realized that I could share with them some books from my newly acquired collection.
For almost 15 years the top place in the list of the most expensive books and manuscripts was held by the original copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook Codex Leicester (1500s), acquired by one of the Microsoft’s founders Bill Gates in 1994. With selling price of more than $30 million it was ahead by a third compared to the next book on the list – one of the original copies of Magna Carta (1297). Continue reading →
Medical Recipe Attributed to Hippocrates Found in Palimpsest from the St Catherine’s Monastery Collection
For quite a long time writing materials were a very expensive thing. It is not surprising that Mediaeval scholars were looking for some ways to cut the costs or recycle the materials. That’s how palimpsests were introduced. Often the old not-so-important texts were scraped or washed off from the leather (or papyrus) pages to allow for the new texts to be written over. This time the unimportant text of the medical recipe book attributed to Hippocrates was replaced by a layer of Bible text known as the “Sinaitic manuscript”. Continue reading →
Every month I add new blogs to my feed. It is really inspiring to see all these fine people writing about bookbinding and book conservation tricks, their projects and thoughts. At the same moment, it becomes harder to filter links for our monthly digest — there is just too much I’d like to share with you! Continue reading →