Just a couple of weeks ago I saw a post from Simon Beattie about an 18th-century Russian book with "marbled" endpapers that were in reality hand-printed. Imagine my surprise when I found something similar just a few days later!
There was something that attracted my attention in this book besides the subject. So, let me tell you about my recent find: this pamphlet about the history of the book written by a Russian literary scientist and bibliognost Vladimir Bush.
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.
In this interview, Professor Gregory Clark, a distinguished scholar of medieval manuscripts, provides an examination and analysis of the recently resurfaced Fauquier Book of Hours and its significance.
Digitized Book: The Binding of Books. An Essay in the History of Gold-Tooled Bindings (Herbert P. Horne, 1894)
Herbert Percy Horne was an English poet, architect, typographer and designer, art historian and antiquarian. Among other things, he wrote this book about the history of gold-tooled bindings.
All around the world, invaluable cultural resources are threatened by political conflict, environmental challenges, and instability. In Sri Lanka, grassroots efforts offer two important models of preservation of knowledge, wisdom, and skills.
Found this beautiful selection of decorated initials while browsing a volume of the Studio - an old magazine about fine and applied arts.
From time to time, iBookBinding shares links or posts things that are written not in English but some other languages. Sometimes we advise using an automatic translation. In other cases, the visual component is interesting enough.
I found this book in an old books department in the Russian city of Novorossiysk. This sample of Soviet samizdat was supposedly made in 1970s and is literally a photo copy of a 19th-century book.
If you decide to watch the inauguration ceremony of the Ukrainian President, you'll see a medieval book used during the oath-taking. That's the Peresopnytsia Gospel. A handwritten Bible that is more than 450 years old.
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.
Somehow, this character from the pages of the Ship of Fools by Sebastian Brant reminds me of Harry Potter. I guess that's because of the glasses, books, and this... hm... broom in his hands.