An alluring treasure trove awaits seasoned collectors as well as new visitors at the 44th annual Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair, which will be held virtually November 12-14, 2020.  The event will showcase the finest in rare and valuable books, illuminated manuscripts, autographs, ephemera, political and historic documents, maps, atlases, photographs, fine and decorative prints, … Continue reading Boston Book Fair Goes Virtual Nov 12-14, 2020

Boston Book Fair Goes Virtual Nov 12-14, 2020

WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A LIBRARY CAT DURING THE PANDEMIC

Library Cats are still working! By lsimon on August 24, 2020 Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, libraries across the country have closed their doors to the public—but what has that meant for the cats who call America’s libraries home? Libraries have long been home to feline residents who keep patrons company, promote activities and programs, and assist with pest … Continue reading WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A LIBRARY CAT DURING THE PANDEMIC

A Novel about a Bookstore: Robert Hellenga’s “Love, Death & Rare Books”

“We’re fine,” I say on the landline. (I’m keeping it real.) Of course things are not fine. They are far from fine. At least we have enough books. Here's a great review about a novel about a bookstore … Read the original post in entirety here:A Novel about a Bookstore: Robert Hellenga’s “Love, Death & … Continue reading A Novel about a Bookstore: Robert Hellenga’s “Love, Death & Rare Books”

Create a Miniature Adventure – a Creative Bookish Activity

Make like "The Borrowers" and create a tiny adventure where you’re the star! This creative activity is perfect for families to do on a walk, or in your local park or garden. Imagine what it would be like to be the size of your thumb!Think of a simple story about your adventures at home or … Continue reading Create a Miniature Adventure – a Creative Bookish Activity

Rare Book Collector Reveals Tibetan Book Printed Before the Gutenberg Bible

The Gutenberg Printing Press truly revolutionized western society with its introduction of mass produced printed materials for a relatively cheap price, which helped encourage literacy among the lower classes. However, the practice of printing books had actually been occurring long before 1450 in the Far East. A rare book collector on Twitter recently debuted a … Continue reading Rare Book Collector Reveals Tibetan Book Printed Before the Gutenberg Bible

Rare Charlotte Brontë ‘little book’ to go on show at Haworth

A rare book the size of a matchbox written by the teenage Charlotte Brontë will go on public display for the first time after a museum paid €600,000 (£505,000) to bring it back to Britain. Curators said they wept when they finally received the book, which arrived from an auction house in Paris. It was … Continue reading Rare Charlotte Brontë ‘little book’ to go on show at Haworth

A Movie for Bibliophiles, Finally!

Antiquarian booksellers are part scholar, part detective and part businessperson, and their personalities and knowledge are as broad as the material they handle. They also play an underappreciated yet essential role in preserving history. THE BOOKSELLERS takes viewers inside their small but fascinating world, populated by an assortment of obsessives, intellects, eccentrics and dreamers. In … Continue reading A Movie for Bibliophiles, Finally!

On a Greek Island, a Bookstore With Some Mythology of Its Own

SANTORINI, Greece — On a wall above rare first editions, old maps of this volcanic island and a stained linen lampshade, a painted timeline traces the evolution of Atlantis Books from a wine-drenched notion in 2002 into one of Europe’s most enchanting bookstores. A terrace overlooks the Aegean Sea. Bookshelves swing back to reveal hidden, … Continue reading On a Greek Island, a Bookstore With Some Mythology of Its Own