I like when a serious issue is approached with a sense of humor. But it seems to me the list is not full. Non-reversible adhesives should be added to the list, along with self-made repairs, and some other nightmarish things. However, that may be more of conservator's peeves, not archivist's.
Archival Work, Book Repair and Restoration
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.
These past days I’ve been digging into piles of my old and new stuff. Heaps of bookbinding paper and documents, power tools, pieces of wood and lots of other things. Just in two weeks, we are moving to Amsterdam, and all our possessions had to be sorted, separated and evaluated. Many of them went to garbage, some we are taking with us. Dealing with many things that were stored for a long time without moving made me experience the worst sort of allergy I had in a long time. Continue reading →
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 →