All three volumes of Specimens of the Plants & Fruits of the Island of Cuba by Mrs. A.K. Wollstonecraft were recently found after being deemed lost for 190 years.
This is the third annual yearbook printed in Amsterdam. As with the previous ones, it is written in Dutch. However, as it offers many samples of contemporary printing, it may be interesting even if you don't know the language.
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.
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.
For quite some time we were looking for something that would allow showing our love and devotion to bookbinding. And finally, we can share with you a new addition to our stock: sterling silver corner cutting jigs!
We just digitized the second volume of Het drukkers jaarboek (The Printer's Yearbook). This series was published in Amsterdam in the early 20th century. Between 1906 and 1911 four yearbooks about were made.
The Invention of Printing – Die Erfindung der Buchdruckerkunst (Heinrich Meisner; Johannes Luther, 1900)
This work explores the first decades of printing in the 15th century and is dedicated to the 500th birthday of Johannes Gutenberg. While the book is in German language, on 116 pages you will find 115 illustrations, including two spreads.
Well, not everything is wrong. But in some of the scenes, the way letters are sealed is not only non-secure, but it is also pretty hard to accomplish. In this post, we will show you all of the sealed letters, documents, and scrolls we have found so far.
I wanted to share this with you for several weeks already, but some other things always intervened. I received a lot of nice bookish presents from all over the world this past holiday season. But these pieces of marbled velour paper were the most gratifying by far!
Eliane Gomes is an experienced book restorer and the owner of the Nautilus Boekbinderij in Haarlem, the Netherlands. You may find her texts on our website, and her input to the series of posts about bookish Game of Thrones is invaluable.