The world of the book

By Jackie Divis Doyle | Bookbinding, artist's books, publishing, libraries, preservation/conservation, reading, writing, &c.

Emily Dickinson’s Herbarium: A Forgotten Treasure at the Intersection of Science and Poetry

An elegy for time and the mortality of beauty, composed with passionate patience and a sensuous cadence.<p>In an era when the scientific establishment barred and bolted its gates to women, botany allowed Victorian women to enter science through the permissible backdoor of art, most famously in Beatrix …

Liber Regalia

Custom Order for Mario

Green Brass

New Face for a Book

Jane Austen at 200: still a friend and a stranger

As the anniversary of her death approaches, Jane Austen and her work will be celebrated across the country. Lucy Worsley explores why such a well-loved author remains so mysterious<p>“Downright nonsense” was the verdict of Mrs Augusta Bramston, a Hampshire friend and neighbour of the Austen family, on …

Literature

Secret Santa 2016

Waxing Poetic: New Tech Revives Sounds from Past Treasures

In a corner of the Digital Imaging Lab in the basement of UC Berkeley’s Moffitt Library, recent graduate Olivia Dill is checking on the latest …

Horizontorium, 3D views in 1832

John Jesse Barker after a design by William Mason (active 1822–1860), <i>Horizontorium</i>, 1832. Lithograph. Published by R. H. Hobson, 147 Chestnut Street, …

Binding a Book Seems Like a Really Good Way to Relieve Stress

Fine. Book binding would only be a great stress reliever if you were as good at book binding as Armando Costa and Florindo Simões are but then if you …

Quilled Paper Anatomy by Sarah Yakawonis

I’m really enjoying these quilled paper anatomy pieces by artist Sarah Yakawonis. Like so many great artists featured here on Colossal it’s …

Illustration

Book Sculptures by Bronia Sawyer

The abundance of book sculpture I’ve seen online lately is staggering, however it was refreshing to discover the work of UK-based Bronia Sawyer who …

Art

Weights by Mindy Moeller

One thing that is very important to have in a Preservation Lab is weights. Whether you are using them for constructing a clamshell box, help in …

Cool Stuff

Book Sculptures by Allison Glasgow I am a life-long bookseller and avid reader. I began making these book sculptures when struggling to come up with a gift for my boss, celebrating the ten year anniversary of her bookstore. There was no book I could give her that she hadn’t already discerned, so I decided to take a favorite book of poems and reconfigure it into a tree. Dismantling a book is not done without consciousness. Books are precious items. All the books used in my art have been loved and read, and are chosen because of their particular worth. Taking apart text, line by line, I like to think I am reading these books in a different way. Words take on different meanings when isolated or spun into a physical form. These art pieces are an attempt to read words as objects. Ready to Ship and Custom Orders in Allison’s Etsy Shop: The Poet Trees

Book Sculptures by <b>Allison Glasgow</b><p><i>I am a life-long bookseller and avid reader. I began making these book sculptures when struggling to come up with a</i> …

Thomas Jefferson’s pocket notebooks, composed of erasable ivory plates on which he would write scientific observations and memoranda before copying them into notebooks in the evening. At Monticello.

Thomas Jefferson’s pocket notebooks, composed of erasable ivory plates on which he would write scientific observations and memoranda before copying …

When Was the Last Time You Folded a Map?

Our graduate intern, Emilie Duncan, has taken on the task of wrangling a "map stash" in our Special Collections Library. The stash had accumulated …

Cloud Atlas

The Book Sculptures of Jacqueline Rush Lee

Hawaii-based artist Jacqueline Rush Lee works primarily with repurposed books to construct conceptual sculptures by stacking, sewing, and adhering …

Artists

All Made Up

Every once in a while we come across a book composed of parts from multiple copies of the same edition, commonly referred to as a <i>made-up copy</i> …

Library of Congress

The Man Who Invented Bookselling As We Know It

Today, few people are likely to remember James Lackington (1746-1815) and his once-famous London bookshop, The Temple of the Muses, but if, as a …

Letter Spacing on Labels

One can really go down a rabbit hole when it comes to making labels for book enclosures. In addition to considering the layout and typeface, there …

Typography

The long, steady decline of literary reading

The percentage of American adults who read literature — any novels, short stories, poetry or plays — fell to at least a three-decade low last year, according to a new report from the National Endowment for the Arts.<p>In 2015, 43 percent of adults read at least one work of literature in the previous …

Literature

A Return to Print? Not Exactly

Traditional publishers are holding on, but e-books keep evolving.<p>E-books are not taking over the world! That seems pretty clear from a Pew Research Center survey released last week, which showed that the percentage of Americans who read digital books hasn't risen since 2014.<p>The survey didn't show …

Handwriting Just Doesn’t Matter

I thought politicians had enough to fight over. Apparently not: Legislatures around the country are now debating the future of cursive penmanship.<p>When the Common Core standards were released in 2010, handwriting took a back seat to typing. Schools were told to ensure that all students could …

Dreamy New Architectural Watercolors by Artist Sunga Park

Bangkok-based illustrator and graphic designer Sunga Park embraces the unpredictable nature of watercolors in her drippy depictions of architectural …

Illustration

This Incredible Wooden Book Is a Series of Puzzles That Have to Be Solved to Continue Reading

Merging two of the ultimate pastimes—books and puzzles—the Codex Silenda has to be physically solved in order to read it. And no, these aren’t simple …

Sculpture