Old books tell lots of stories and often have sentimental value. They also offer a challenge for conservators. But what about comics? They are no exception.
Archival Work, Book Repair and Restoration
The municipal library of Le Havre hadn't as reach a collection as other Norman libraries, that of Rouen, for example. However, there were some liturgical manuscripts of great value there.
This isn't really a book. No, that's not right. It's a hardcover binding, so it's definitely a book. That's a convolute of multiple articles taken from various magazines published on the brink of the 20th century. And it's about bookplates.
For Our Patrons, It’s Time to Choose New Candidates for Digitization and Download a Book from the Previous Month
First, I'd like to say thank you to all the patrons supporting iBookBinding. Your contribution means a lot to the project. I would also like to say thanks to some of the patrons who decided to increase their pledges this month.
One of my most exciting projects was an 18th-century book I worked on for one of my restoration course final exams. The book was brought to me by a friend, and its story started to unveil as the months went by.
The Plantin House in Antwerp holds a beautiful collection related to book history and history of printing. However, there are many more things there. Most of them have high historical and cultural value.
Super thin paper made by Hidaka Washi Ltd. is used by museums and other institutions all over the world for conservation and restoration projects. But the technology of production dates back a thousand years.
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.
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.
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.