It’s a common misconception that Amazon has killed the independent bookstore industry. In reality, bookstores which manage to adapt to this new era, and perhaps even those that don’t, are hanging on.
Those living at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century saw library books in a different light than us. For many, library books had the potential to transmit some of the most infectious diseases circulating in society at the time.
The 32nd Moscow International Book Fair just ended. One of the topmost attractions there was a Skaryna Bible printing experience. A crowd gathered around the booth of the Republic of Belarus to see how books were printed and take part in the process.
Last week an exhibition of incunables opened at the Russian State Library in Moscow. There are many notable objects shown there, but arguably the jewel of the show is one of the few remaining Gutenberg Bibles printed on vellum.
A year ago I participated in a bookbinders' fair for the first time. And that was the Bookbinders' Fair in Sint-Niklaas near Antwerp in Belgium. It was an amazing experience and this Sunday I go back to that small Belgian town.
My wife had a business trip to the French town of Grasse. I came along to spend a weekend here and used this opportunity to visit an old books shop there.
What I love about international exhibitions catalogs, is the diversity of art. All the works from different artists coming from multiple countries. And that's exactly what you get with the tenth-anniversary celebration of the Belgian Association of Ex Libris Collectors.
While the current British Library's exhibition Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War includes not only manuscripts, books are the main topic here at iBookBinding, so we'll focus on them in this post. Especially because it's manuscripts that the curator Claire Breay speaks about in the video you'll find below.
I decided not to wait until I edit the video and the photos from the Boekkunstbeurs (Book Arts Fair in Leiden, the Netherlands) and summarize my impressions right after the two-day event has ended.