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Treasures from the Newberry Book Fair

Sorry, no human hair this year (see last year), and I noticed that a fellow book hunter on Facebook nabbed an early edition of Little Men (SUPER jealous), but I still found some fantastic stuff, including an important abolitionist work from 1854, a tattered edition of Voyage du Jeune Anarchasis en Grece published while George Washington… Read more »

The March Hare, by John Tenniel

The Lore of the Hare

“The March Hare will be much the most interesting, and perhaps as this is May it won’t be raving mad – at least not so mad as it was in March.” –Alice, in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland   

heads will roll

A Not Exactly Romantic History of St. Valentine’s Day

In 1537, King Henry VIII, already divorced from his first wife, severed from his second (as she was rather tragically severed from her head), and recently married to his third, declared Valentine’s Day an official holiday in his realm. If that doesn’t make you believe in true love, nothing will.

undated photo

Just Another Photo of Edwardian Women in Drag

This photo was found at Speedy’s Treasures in Scottville, MI. When I realized what I was looking at, I knew I had to have it.

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Further proof that old books are probably haunted, or, the Newberry Book Fair Part II

Once again, I went to the Newberry Library’s annual book fair and couldn’t control myself.

Alessandro de' Medici (b.1510-d.1537)

Seeing All of Us: Diversity in European History

Our perception of an historically all-white Europe is utterly false.

pride and prej title page

The Winchester Austen

If you’re a Jane Austen geek, you have to have these.

john hancock commonplace booke 1687

Commonplace Books, Then and Now

When paper became more accessible in the 15th and 16th centuries, people began keeping little books full of recipes, psalms, quotes, and prose called commonplace books, in an attempt to organize and filter what they felt was a barrage of information raining down upon them after the introduction of the printing press.

Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale reading "Wizard of Oz".

Meta Reading

Actors reading the book that inspired the movie that they starred in.

folio

The Bard’s World Tour

The first copies of Shakespeare’s First Folio came off the press in early November of 1623. To honor the 390th birthday of one of the most coveted books of all time, here is a fictionalized (but true!) account of the journey two of them took, from the printer’s shop to contemporary guarded display.

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  • Book Fair 2015 Logo_1

    Treasures from the Newberry Book Fair

    Sorry, no human hair this year (see last year), and I noticed that a fellow book hunter on Facebook nabbed an early edition of Little Men (SUPER jealous), but I still found some fantastic stuff, including an important abolitionist work from 1854, a tattered edition of Voyage du Jeune Anarchasis en Grece published while George Washington… Read more »

  • The March Hare, by John Tenniel

    The Lore of the Hare

    “The March Hare will be much the most interesting, and perhaps as this is May it won’t be raving mad – at least not so mad as it was in March.” –Alice, in Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland   

  • heads will roll

    A Not Exactly Romantic History of St. Valentine’s Day

    In 1537, King Henry VIII, already divorced from his first wife, severed from his second (as she was rather tragically severed from her head), and recently married to his third, declared Valentine’s Day an official holiday in his realm. If that doesn’t make you believe in true love, nothing will.

  • undated photo

    Just Another Photo of Edwardian Women in Drag

    This photo was found at Speedy’s Treasures in Scottville, MI. When I realized what I was looking at, I knew I had to have it.

  • stack

    Further proof that old books are probably haunted, or, the Newberry Book Fair Part II

    Once again, I went to the Newberry Library’s annual book fair and couldn’t control myself.

  • Alessandro de' Medici (b.1510-d.1537)

    Seeing All of Us: Diversity in European History

    Our perception of an historically all-white Europe is utterly false.

  • pride and prej title page

    The Winchester Austen

    If you’re a Jane Austen geek, you have to have these.

  • john hancock commonplace booke 1687

    Commonplace Books, Then and Now

    When paper became more accessible in the 15th and 16th centuries, people began keeping little books full of recipes, psalms, quotes, and prose called commonplace books, in an attempt to organize and filter what they felt was a barrage of information raining down upon them after the introduction of the printing press.

  • Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale reading "Wizard of Oz".

    Meta Reading

    Actors reading the book that inspired the movie that they starred in.

  • folio

    The Bard’s World Tour

    The first copies of Shakespeare’s First Folio came off the press in early November of 1623. To honor the 390th birthday of one of the most coveted books of all time, here is a fictionalized (but true!) account of the journey two of them took, from the printer’s shop to contemporary guarded display.