February 23, 2014
astromonster:

"Fatal Fragrance" by D.M. Locke. Published by Cassell in hardback in 1950. Dust wrapper art by Reginald Heade

astromonster:

"Fatal Fragrance" by D.M. Locke. Published by Cassell in hardback in 1950. Dust wrapper art by Reginald Heade

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January 17, 2014

erikkwakkel:

Books on the go

There is nothing like reading outside. While we share this sentiment with medieval readers, back then you couldn’t just bring any book with you. Most of them had bindings with oak boards and were as big as modern magazines. As a result, even regular-size books weighed as much as a bag of potatoes. Pre-modern binders, clever lads, came up with different solutions to carry a book on your body. The most common one was to fit it with a leather wrapper that included a knot, which you could stick under your belt (Pic 3). Smaller and lighter objects, like a thin almanac (pic 4) or a prayerbook, such as the one owned by Anne Boleyn (Pic 1), could simply be tied to the belt with a string. The most elegant solution, however, is shown off by the red Arabic manuscript, which is to fit the book in a neat pouch, carried in your hand (Pic 2). With these techniques it was not so much an issue how to take a book with you, but through what means to do so. Off you go!

Pics and additional information - Pic 1 (top): London, British Library, Stowe MS 956, copied c. 1540 (more here); Pic 2 (red pouch): Arabic manuscript of c. 1650, Royal Library Stockholm (more here); Pic 3 (knot): New Haven, Beinecke Library, MS 84, copied in England, 15th century (more here); Pic 4 (cloth binding): recently purchased by the Wellcome Library in London (more here). More on such “girdle books” here and here

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January 15, 2014

sexycodicology:

Some images from the Erlangen-Nürnberg University Library that we added to the DMMmaps.

Our post, links and details: http://j.mp/1lYij0z

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January 9, 2014

erikkwakkel:

Medieval skull clasp

You are looking at a tiny book, no larger than an iPhone. Made c. 1500, it was designed for the road: it concerns a portable Book of Hours (or prayer book) that was carried around by a pilgrim on his religious pilgrimage. The object’s size is, of course, not what makes this medieval manuscript stand out. That honour must go to the clasp that holds the book closed, which is decorated with a skull carved out of bone. The theme of this decoration is very fitting for a pilgrim seeking redemption, finding his way along the dusty roads of medieval Europe. Every time he sat down to open his book he was confronted with his future, which looked rather grim: remember you will die one day. Better smarten up and keep on going. And that is what he did.

Pic: Stockholm, National Library of Sweden, MS A 233 (book and binding c. 1500). More images here, but not all information provided there is correct. This article should be taken as a source for further information.

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January 2, 2014

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December 22, 2013
shihlun:

今和次郎・吉田謙吉,「考現学」,昭和5年 (1930)

shihlun:

今和次郎・吉田謙吉,「考現学」,昭和5年 (1930)

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December 22, 2013

houghtonlib:

Castro, Joannes à, active 1686-1690. De on-ghemaskerde liefde des hemmels, 1686.

WKR 9.4.2

Houghton Library, Harvard University

A pierced silver binding (probably late 18th century) with chased medallions depicting the Nativity and the Ascension on front and back covers; silver clasps.

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December 19, 2013
cuttersway:

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December 18, 2013
pre1923:

Pins for Wings by Emanuel Morgan, published by The Sunwise Turn in 1920.

pre1923:

Pins for Wings by Emanuel Morgan, published by The Sunwise Turn in 1920.

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December 17, 2013

magictransistor:

The Voynich Manuscript {of unknown origin}, carbon-dated to the early 15th century, (c.1404–1438). No one has yet succeeded in deciphering the text, and it has become a famous case in the history of cryptography. Donated by Hans P. Kraus to Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library in 1969, where it is catalogued under call number MS 408.

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December 8, 2013
houghtonlib:

Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321. Comincia la prima parte della cantica onero co[m]media chiamata i[n]ferno del chiarissimo poeta Dante Alinghieri di Firenze : manuscript, 1457.
MS Ital 54
Houghton Library, Harvard University

houghtonlib:

Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321. Comincia la prima parte della cantica onero co[m]media chiamata i[n]ferno del chiarissimo poeta Dante Alinghieri di Firenze : manuscript, 1457.

MS Ital 54

Houghton Library, Harvard University

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November 18, 2013

uispeccoll:

Add some epic-ness to your day with Walhall: Die Gotterwelt Der Germanen by E. Doepler D.J. and Dr. W. Ranisch.  This book of Germanic mythology includes breathtaking illustrations on each page. With winter rolling in, what better time to celebrate the northlands with Loki, Thor, Freya, Odin, and many more. Valhalla, I am coming!

 Walhall: Die Gotterwelt Der Germanen , Special Collections X Collection FOLIO BL870VD6

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November 14, 2013

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November 10, 2013
artisticmoods:

Whooli Chen

artisticmoods:

Whooli Chen

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November 10, 2013
yama-bato:

yama-bato:

H Noel (Henry Noel) Humphreys 1810-1879 The history of writing or, The origin and progress of the art of writing: a connected narrative of the development of the art London: Ingram, Cooke and Co., 1853 chromolithography and gilt on paper in papier maché and parchment binding Australian Library of Art, State Library of Queensland / RB 411.09 1853

yama-bato:

yama-bato:

H Noel (Henry Noel) Humphreys 1810-1879
The history of writing or, The origin and progress of the art of writing: a connected narrative of the development of the art
London: Ingram, Cooke and Co., 1853
chromolithography and gilt on paper in papier maché and parchment binding
Australian Library of Art, State Library of Queensland / RB 411.09 1853

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