To give our community more opportunities to learn something about book arts and book history, we decided to open the part of our digitized collection that before was shared only with our patrons.
Aleksei Kravchenko was a Russian painter, illustrator, draughtsman, and printmaker. Bookplates are a lesser-known part of his legacy. Still, some of them are quite impressive.
I often get asked: what is the quality of the scans made with our book scanning system? Here are some samples made with my smartphone Samsung Galaxy S9. In the samples, the right part is approximately 4x magnified.
The Great Book-Collectors deals with bibliophilia and bibliomania. It describes the circumstances behind the creation of the British Library, Bodleian Library, and Ashmolean Museum. The authors were prominent book collectors as well.
This vintage Russian magazine about printing was published for only two years, but it already gave me a lot of insights into the epoch — this time we share the first volume that was published in November 1901.
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.
Today we uploaded the final digitized volume of the Dutch Printer's Yearbook series. There were four books in total, starting with the 1906 edition. And the last volume is as interesting as the previous three!
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.
Between 1906 and 1911 four yearbooks about printing were published in Amsterdam. They were intended to stimulate a broader and more logical interpretation of the art of printing.
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.
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.