Little library created from closet space 📚

Siloe Oliviera’s closet library transformation 📚

Siloe Oliviera’s Extreme Dark Academia Library Makeover

Check out this amazing room makeover of their closet into a “Dark Academia” Library with THRIFTED FINDS. They transformed a weird neglected walk-in closet into a personal library with classic style.

Siloe Oliviera’s closet library transformation 📚

I love this moody reading nook that they created using affordable materials and flea market treasures. Learn interior design secrets for maximum impact on a budget. Explore this dark academia aesthetic room makeover.

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Little library created from closet space 📚

Siloe Oliviera’s closet library transformation 📚

Siloe Oliviera’s Extreme Dark Academia Library Makeover

Check out this amazing room makeover of their closet into a “Dark Academia” Library with THRIFTED FINDS. They transformed a weird neglected walk-in closet into a personal library with classic style.

Siloe Oliviera’s closet library transformation 📚

I love this moody reading nook that they created using affordable materials and flea market treasures. Learn interior design secrets for maximum impact on a budget. Explore this dark academia aesthetic room makeover.

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Library acquisition of the first book on wine written in French

University of California, Davis Archives and Special Collections Acquires First Book on Wine Written in French.

The book’s topic, a debate between water and wine personified, is an offshoot of the classical-era poems and fables that were used to define virtues and dictate how people should live.

“UC Davis Archives and Special Collections recently acquired Le débat du vin et de leaue with help from a $38,000 gift from the B.H. Breslauer Foundation. The book, a debate between wine and water by Pierre Jamec (or Japes), is the first known book about wine published in French. This particular edition was printed around 1515. It was bound later by Antoine Bauzonnet, one of the great French bookbinders of the early 19th century. It is the only known copy of its printing.

Le débat du vin et de leaue’s scarcity is likely due to its ephemerality as an object and its use and circulation within the popular culture of the time.”

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The code of Charles Dickens shorthand has been cracked by a computer!

This article was written by by Colin Marshall and originally published on Open Culture.

Dickens learned a difficult shorthand system called Bracygraphy

The most popular novelist of his day, he wrote for the broadest possible audience, serializing his stories in newspapers before putting them between covers. This hardly prevented him from demonstrating a mastery of the English language whose mark remains detectable in our own rhetoric and literary prose more than 150 years after his death. But Dickens wrote both publicly and privately, and in the case of the latter he could write quite privately indeed: in documents for his own eyes only, he made use of a shorthand that he called it “the devil’s handwriting,” and which has long been devilishly impenetrable to scholars.

Dickens “learned a difficult shorthand system called Brachygraphy and wrote about the experience in his semi-autobiographical novel, David Copperfield, calling it a ‘savage stenographic mystery,’” says The Dickens Code, a web site dedicated to solving that mystery.

A former court reporter, “Dickens used shorthand throughout his life but while he was using the system, he was also changing it. So the hooks, lines, circles and squiggles on the page are very hard to decipher.” The Dickens Code project thus offered up t0 anyone who could transcribe his shorthand a sum of 300 British pounds — which might not sound like much, but imagine how grand a sum it would have been in Dickens’ day.

Besides, the internet’s cryptography enthusiasts hardly require much of an incentive to get to work on such a long-uncracked code as this. “The winner of the competition, Shane Baggs, a computer technical support specialist from San Jose, Calif., had never read a Dickens novel before,” writes the New York Times’ Jenny Gross. “Mr. Baggs, who spent about six months working on the text, mostly after work, said that he first heard about the competition through a group on Reddit dedicated to cracking codes and finding hidden messages.”


The document being decoded is a copy of a letter from 1859, the year Dickens was serializing A Tale of Two Cities. Writing to Times of London editor John Thaddeus Delane, “Dickens says that a clerk at the newspaper was wrong to reject an advertisement he wanted in the paper, promoting a new literary publication, and asks again for it to run,” report Gross. This seemingly trivial incident inspires the kind of “strong, direct language in the 19th century that showed the writer was angry.”

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Grolier Club Virtual Conversation on Sherlock Holmes – January 25, 2022

Curator Glen Miranker will be in conversation with Nicholas Basbanes.

About this event

Curator Glen S. Miranker will have a Bibliography Week online conversation with Nicholas Basbanes about collecting Sherlock Holmes.

This event is being offered in connection with their “Sherlock Holmes in 221 Objects” exhibition, open in our ground floor gallery January 12 – April 16, 2022.

This will be a live online event, and all attendees will receive an email with the link the day of the event. If you’ve not received a link by 9:00 am Eastern time, please check your spam folder.

Tue, January 25, 2022

Online event

Cost: FREE!

For those unable to join for the session, the lecture will be recorded and made available a few weeks after the event on the Grolier Club’s Vimeo page.

Rare Book of Shakespeare’s First Collection of Plays

University of B.C. acquires rare book of Shakespeare’s first collection of plays

The University of British Columbia has acquired a nearly 400-year-old copy of William Shakespeare’s first collection of plays in a single volume, which is known to have preserved 36 of his plays.

Katherine Kalsbeek, head of rare books and special collections at UBC, said the so-called First Folio, titled “William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies,” was bought from a private collector in the United States through Christie’s New York for an undisclosed price.

Kalsbeek said she and Greg Mackie, an associate professor in the English department, worked for seven months to fundraise for the purchase of the complete first edition of the playwright’s works, which was edited by Shakespeare’s friends, fellow writers and actors and published in 1623, seven years after his death.

Plays like “MacBeth,” “Twelfth Night” and “Romeo and Juliet” are part of the collection, which Kalsbeek said was gifted to the university through donations from anonymous people and foundations across North America.

The so-called First Folio, titled “William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies,” is shown in this recent handout photo. The University of British Columbia has acquired a nearly 400-year-old copy of William Shakespeare’s first collection of plays in a single volume, which is known to have preserved 36 of his plays. HO, UBC Library Communications and Marketing. MANDATORY CREDIT / THE CANADIAN PRESS

She said 235 copies of the First Folio are believed to exist around the world, mostly in the United Kingdom and the United States, though the University of Toronto has had a copy in its rare collections since the 1970s.

UBC acquired Shakespeare’s Second Folio in 1960, which was published in 1632 and contains the same plays as the first, but with the errors corrected and new ones introduced. The second volume also includes the first published poem by John Milton, who would go on to write “Paradise Lost” in the 1660s.

About 10 copies of the First Folio remain in private hands, Kalsbeek said, adding the one UBC acquired is not in pristine condition and contains a title page from another copy, making it a so-called “sophisticated copy” that is more appealing for teaching and bibliographic research.

She said plans are underway to digitize the portfolio in 3D and to create an augmented reality app so people of all ages beyond the university can engage with the bard’s plays, many for the first time.

“We’ve created a custom cradle that will be used in classes so that the book is presented in a way that supports its spine and supports the binding,” she said of the white oak and Plexiglas holder.

Staff are also learning about the best ways for students to access the treasured book, through procedures gleaned from the University of Toronto and the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C.

The folio will first be exhibited at the Vancouver Art Gallery, from Jan. 15 to March 22, along with copies of three subsequent folios.

Anthony Kiendl, CEO of the gallery, said one of the collections is on loan from Austin, Texas, and another is from the Legislative Library of British Columbia.

Visitors will have access to interactive material including digital animation, allowing them to flip through the First Folio, he said.

“We’re not showing it because it’s an old book, but because it is as relevant today as ever,” he said of the collection of timeless plays.

View a curated photo collection

of Shakespeare’s First Folio at UBC Library.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 12, 2022. Re-post from the Toronto Star.

A Calligraphic Facsimile by Jacques Fucien Lesclabart of the circa Xylo-typographic Speculum Humanae Salvationis

A calligraphic facsimile by Jacques Fucien Lesclabart of the circa 1470-74 xylo-typographic Speculum humanae salvationis, executed circa 1770-1780.Lesclabart, one of the most brilliant calligraphers of the 18th century, reproduces the entire book in 63 handwritten pages.

The calligraphic facsimile includes the full cycle of originally xylographically printed woodcuts. The text, in verse or in rhymed prose – originally both typographically and xylographically printed – is written in two columns below each illustration.
The manuscript consists of a specially prepared title page, carefully handwritten, and then the first five pages containing the preface. The fifty-eight following pages, glued back to back, reproduce the full cycle of wood engravings, each with a copy of the illustrations.

This is monument to one of the most extraordinary (and rarest) books from the first two decades of printing, half blockbook, half typographic work, produced by an unknown Dutch proto-typographer, long believed to be Laurens Janszoon Coster.
Until the late 19th century it was thought that block printing – the technique of printing texts from wooden blocks into which the letters are carved – was a precursor of the art of printing, i.e. printing with movable type.

This Latin edition of the Speculum, printed in the Netherlands, has been executed partly in block printing and partly in letterpress. This led some early owners to think that they held in their hands proof of an extremely important moment in the history of the book.

The invention of the art of printing caught in the act, so to speak. However, careful examination of the pages employing block printing has shown that these were made after a typographic example (which means that the woodcutter had a ‘typeset’ copy already to hand).

There are four xylo-typographic editions of the Speculum printed in the Netherlands between around 1465 and 1470: two in Latin and two in Dutch. They combine two printing techniques: typography and xylography. The manuscript is a reproduction of the second Latin edition.
Calligrapher, and member of the l’Académie royale d’Écriture de Paris, Jacques Fucien Lesclabart was feted as one of the most skilful and famous calligraphers of Europe, particularly renowned for his uncanny skill in imitating printed characters.

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The The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art to Exhibit Picture Book Art of Ed Emberley 📖

Since the 1970s, millions of young artists have learned to draw—and to see—at the hands of Ed Emberley, the universally beloved illustrator, age 90. “You know what I like to hear the kids say?” asks Emberley. ‘I could do that!’”

In his honor, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art proudly presents I Could Do That! The Picture Book Art of Ed Emberley, on view December 18, 2021 through June 12, 2022. This exhibition showcases Emberley’s remarkable printmaking and drawing talents through more than 110 objects that span more than 20 books. Included are illustrations from his many collaborations, his Drawing Book series, and books now out-of-print. Sketches, handmade book dummies, printing supplies, and color separations shed further light on the methods and career of one of America’s most versatile picture-book illustrators.

The exhibition includes illustrations from two of Emberley’s most famous books, which telegraph his range. Drummer Hoff, written by Barbara Emberley, tells the story of a soldier who fires off a cannon that explodes into color—a kind of 1960s anti-war parable. It won the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1968. Go Away, Big Green Monster became a best-seller in the 1990s, helping young readers conquer their bedtime fears.

Illustration by Ed Emberley

Caleb Neelon, a longtime wall painter, indoors and out, and friend of Emberley, guest curated I Could Do That! Neelon is also the author, with Todd Oldham, of the retrospective Ed Emberley (AMMO books). At the request of The Carle’s Chief Curator Ellen Keiter, Neelon is painting several of Emberley’s images directly on the gallery walls.

As Neelon explains in his exhibition essay “Keeping Up with Ed Emberley,” Emberley loves to design every aspect of a book, hand-lettering the text (even the publisher’s information). Always experimental and often restless, he has also made his books using innovative techniques: see-through paper, stickers, stencils, die cuts, optical illusions, clip art, and flip books, to name a few. Throughout he sprinkles humor and wordplay. Book to book, Emberley easily shifts artistic styles from technically precise engineer drawings to the playful thumbprints that he transforms with line drawings into witches, cats, owls, and flowers.

Born in 1931, Emberley grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His father was a carpenter who occasionally painted signs. As a young boy, Emberley played with the cast-off wooden pieces that came from his father’s building projects and watched how his father used a grid to draw letters. He quickly discovered he had a talent for drawing. Later, attending the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, he met Barbara Collins, who would become his life partner and regular collaborator. Their children, Rebecca and Michael, are also children’s book authors and artists, and Rebecca is a frequent co-author with her father. Since the 1960s, Ed and Barbara Emberley have lived in their Massachusetts home that dates back to the 1600s.

Alexandra Kennedy, The Carle’s executive director, explains why this exhibition is so relevant to the work of the Museum: “Like so many children of the 70s, I learned to draw thanks to Ed Emberley. His lifetime of work has come to stand for so much of what The Carle represents, like encouraging artistic expression, championing experimentation and innovation, and finding ways to be inclusive of everyone, regardless of whether they consider themselves ‘artists.’ Our team here at the Museum have been fans of Ed’s since forever, and are so excited—and humbled!—to be able to share his original art.”

The exhibition, which is in the East Gallery, makes dozens of Ed Emberley books available for browsing in a comfortable reading area. Visitors are also invited to try some of the many drawing techniques that have come to define Emberley’s legacy.

The Eric Carle Museum is grateful for the support and cooperation of the entire Emberley family, Hosea Baskin, and Tim Young of the Beinecke Rare Book Library at Yale University, who were all instrumental in making this exhibition a reality. The Emberley family plans to donate a portion of Ed’s archive to The Carle.

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Mary Shelley’s Stanzas

Mary Shelley was born on 30 August 1797, in London.
Her father was the political philosopher William Godwin and her mother was the philosopher and feminist activist Mary Wollstonecraft, who died in childbirth

Mary Shelley is famous for her “Frankenstein”, published when she was 21. None of her works published later matched the power of that first legendary novel.

Anyway, she wrote other novels, travelogues and short stories for popular periodicals. Many years after the death of her husband, poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, she also devoted herself to poetry , especially elegies containing allusions to her husband

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Mary Shelley’s Stanzas

I Love My Librarian Award Nomination – American Library Association

If your librarian is doing amazing work for your town, school, or campus, we want to hear from you — submit a nomination for the #ILoveMyLibrarian Award.

I Love My Librarian Award, Nominate your librarian to win $5000. Includes photographs of prior winners. American Library Association. Event.
Ten librarians will win $5000 and be honored at an award ceremony in January 2022.

Nominations for the I Love My Librarian Award open June 23 and are accepted online through September 27, 2021.

ALA member leaders will select ten librarians from thousands of nominations, and each will receive $5,000 in recognition of their outstanding public service. The association will honor award recipients at the I Love My Librarian Award ceremony on January 22, 2022 at LibLearnX in San Antonio, Texas. Winners also will receive complimentary LibLearnX registration as part of their award packages as well as a $750 travel stipend.

Know an incredible librarian who deserves to be recognized? Get inspired by reading about past winners, including winning submissions from their patrons. Then nominate your favorite librarian. More information is available online, as are promotional resources for your library to spread the word.

If this had existed when I was young, I would have definitely nominated the children’s librarian at Leland P. Weaver Library in South Gate, California.

The British Library: A Virtual Walk through the World’s Collective Memory Online Event

The one thing most of us reading this have in common is the English language, and our tongue’s cathedral is the British Library in London.

The British Library is both a workhorse and a beauty queen. Not only is it the United Kingdom’s principal copyright library, meaning it automatically receives a copy of everything published in both the UK and Ireland, it contains Reading Rooms for up to 1200 researchers looking into everything from the humanities and music to rare books and maps. Karl Marx was one of them. So was Mahatma Gandhi, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde.

The library also serves as a museum and a centre for special exhibitions. In just one room – free to visit and open seven days a week in normal times – you’ll find 250 of the English-speaking world’s most precious and high-profile written documents on display. There’s everything from the original Magna Carta, Shakespeare’s First Folio and Audubon’s Birds of America to handwritten manuscripts of Thomas Hardy, Charlotte Bronte, Lewis Carroll and Jane Austen. Among the showstoppers are John Lennon’s self-edited lyrics to several of the Beatles most popular songs and for classical music aficionados, there are original scores from Beethoven and Mozart. Along with that, there are historical maps and ancient religious texts, including the Buddhist Diamond Sutra, the world’s oldest book, and medieval illuminated manuscripts from Christianity, Judaism and Islam. The new Sound Gallery is devoted to archived recordings, including the voices of Thomas Edison, Queen Victoria and Florence Nightingale.

Photo credit: The British Library

Join Blue Badge Tourist Guide and Lonely Planet guidebook writer Steve Fallon on a virtual tour of this enormous building – the largest built in the UK in the 20th century – which also boasts some rather unusual architecture and an inordinate amount of artwork. What London’s National Gallery is to fine art, the British Library is to the written word.

Added bonus: a university archivist and librarian from across the pond will join Steve at the end. Katie McCormick, Associate Dean of Libraries for Special Collections & Archives at the Florida State University Libraries will be on hand to describe her work and answer questions. 

This is a virtual tour conducted live online via Zoom. You will receive your Zoom invitation on the email you have provided. Please check your spam folder in case the email from Eventbrite goes astray. In order to participate in the tour, you will need to download the Zoom app beforehand.

Date and time

  • August 12, 2021
  • Nov 17, 2021
  • Please use the button below to see the event in your time zone.
  • Location: Online

George III’s Maps and Views: 32,000 Images Released on Flickr Commons

George III’s maps and views: 32,000 images released on Flickr Commons

In October 2020 we released 17,000 images of maps and viewsfrom George III’s Topographical Collection on the images-sharing site Flickr Commons, which seems to have kept you busy.

Jan Baptista Vrients, Descriptio Germaniae Inferioris, 1602. 118.e.16.

Well, from today, you can find an additional 32,000 images, comprising George III’s collection of atlases and albums of views, plans, diagrams, reports and surveys, produced between 1550 and 1820. These have been uploaded to Flickr with a Public Domain attribution for you to search, browse, download, reuse, study and enjoy.

Here are some highlights:

Complete cover-to-cover digitisation of major 16th, 17th and 18thcentury atlases by Joan Blaeu (lots of Blaeu), Jan Janssonius(again, lots of Jansson), Abraham Ortelius (a few Ortelius atlases here), Jodocus and Henricus Hondius, John Speed,  Moses PittThomas JefferysMary Anne RocqueNicolas SansonPierre du ValHerman Moll and others. Most have never been released in their entirety anywhere online before.

Albums of topographical views by artists such as John WebberRobert Havell, Thomas Daniell and John Clerk.

Multi-sheet maps in loose or bound format including Turgot’s plan of Paris,  Morgan’s map of LondonPeter Andre’s EssexFry & Jefferson’s VirginiaPratt’s Ireland and Müller’s Bohemia.

Albums of 16th century prints and drawings of Roman architecture and antiquities assembled by Cassiano dal Pozzo. 

Many manuscript atlases including work by Carlo Fontana, Francesco Basilicata’s 1612 survey of Crete, and two Kangxi atlases of China.

How can you access them?

Via Flickr

The first release of 17,000 images – the collection of individual maps and views,  was released in one big bundle. It made sense to release this disparate group of items this way, but we appreciate that searching Flickr for specific images is not especially easy (see below, Explore, for a solution. Of course, it can be interesting to browse if you are not sure where you want to end up!).

Responding to feedback, this second release has organised the bound atlases and volumes of prints into separate albums. The images within the albums retain the order in which they are encountered in the physical copy. The titles of the albums are made up of the constituent volume’s author, title, date and shelfmark, so we hope this will make the searching experience a good one. Batching into 500 or fewer images will make downloading easier for you too.

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First-ever Transatlantic Book Fair Opens July 22, 2021

Transatlantic Book Fair Opens July 22:

The Transatlantic Book Fair will bring together over 150 rare book dealers who will showcase hundreds of unique and rare works on paper.

Exhibitors from 15 countries will present a carefully curated collection of more than 5000 #books, #maps, #manuscripts, photographs, and rare historical artifacts online during the online fair, which will be the first to unite North American and European book dealers on a single digital fair platform.

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