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Early American Bookbindings from the Collection of Michael Papantonio
Early American Bookbindings from the Collection of Michael Papantonio
Paperback      ISBN: 0912296755
Rare Books
Rare Books
Paperback      ISBN: 1857592387

The Cooper-Hewitt Museum's library and archive, a branch of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries, contains 5,000 rare books pertaining to ornament, architecture, and the decorative arts. A selection of these rare books forms the subject of this volume. design books have served as an inspiration to designers, as tools for instruction, and as works of art in themselves. Presented in this title are such remarkable books as Pierre Valet's 'Le Jardin du Roy tres chrestien' 'Loys XIII' 'Roy de France et de Navarre' of 1623, which contains over fifty life-size botanical engravings. Examples of fine bindings, children's books, pop-ups and caricatures are alos included. Rare books also provide insights into environmental factors that shape the designs of a society or era. By illustrating examples from the museum's books or history, culture, etiquette, and travel guides, Van Dyk shows how such books played key roles in defining acceptable taste and standards of design.

Harvard University Press: A History
Harvard University Press
A History
Hardcover      ISBN: 0674380800

A university press is a curious institution, dedicated to the dissemination of learning yet apart from the academic structure; a publishing firm that is in business, but not to make money; an arm of the university that is frequently misunderstood and occasionally attacked by faculty and administration. Max Hall here chronicles the early stages and first sixty years of Harvard University Press in a rich and entertaining book that is at once Harvard history, publishing history, printing history, business history, and intellectual history. The tale begins in 1638 when the first printing press arrived in British North America. It became the property of Harvard College and remained so for nearly half a century. Hall sketches the various forerunners of the real Harvard University Press, founded in 1913, and then follows the ups and downs of its first six decades, during which the Press published steadily if not always serenely a total of 4,500 books. He describes the directors and others who left their stamp on the Press or guided its fortunes during these years. And he gives the stories behind such enduring works as Lovejoy's Great Chain of Being, Giedion's Space, Time, and Architecture, Langer's Philosophy in a New Key, and Kelly's Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Four Kings.

Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia
Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia
Hardcover      ISBN: 006270110x

Long recognized as the outstanding reference on world literature, Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia is the one against which all others are measured, and is the single-most complete one-volume encyclopedia available for those with a serious interest in the subject.

The entries explore all aspects of literature from around the world: biographies of poets and playwrights, novelists and belle trists; plot synopses and character sketches from important works; historical data on literary schools, movements, terms and awards; myths and legends; and more.

Completely revised and updated, this fourth edition captures the diversity of today's canon, with greater attention to African-American, Eastern, Middle Eastern, African, South American, Eastern European and women's literature.

For nearly 50 years, this unique single-volume encyclopedia of world literature has been hailed as the best available. Here are over 10,000 informative entries, covering everything a reader could wish to know:

  • Biographies of poets, playwrights, novelists, essayists and belle trists from around the world and through the ages, from Aristophanes to Toni Morrison, from Chuang Tzu to Juan Rulfo.
  • Plot summaries of important literary works, ranging from Beowulf to Wuthering Heights to Things Fall Apart.
  • Sketches of principal characters from literature, from Salome to Leopold Bloom.
  • Myth, legend and folklore, covering everything from Isis to the Midgard Serpentto to the paladins.
  • Biographies of artists, musicians, philosophers and other historical personages ranging from Roman emperors to U.S. presidents who figure prominently in literature.
  • Accounts of significant schools and movements in literature, such as the Bloomsbury Group and the Beat writers.
  • Original titles, as well as the most familiar English titles, for works in languages other than English.
  • Recipients of major literary awards, including Pulitzer and Nobel prize winners.

And more...

For nearly 50 years, William Rose Benet and the editors who succeeded him have upheld the level of quality that distinguished the original Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia. Like its predecessors, this new edition will teach and delight, illuminate and expound, and enrich the pleasure of reading in countless ways.

Minnesota's Literary Visitors
Minnesota's Literary Visitors
Paperback      ISBN: 1880654016

What do Henry David Thoreau, Mark Twain, and Oscar Wilde have in common? They, and authors Edward Eggleston, Hamlin Garland, Bayard Taylor, Knut Hamsun, Fredrika Bremer, Max O'Rell, and Frederick Marryat all visited Minnesota between 1838 and 1890. Each of these authors, and Minnesota's Nobel and Pulitzer prize winning author, Sinclair Lewis, plumbed their Minnesota experiences in later prose and fiction. Reprinted here are eleven essays by John T. Flanagan, originally published in Minnesota History, the journal of the Minnesota Historical Society, which describe the sojourn of these authors and the literary results.

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader
Ex Libris
Confessions of a Common Reader
Paperback      ISBN: 0374527229

Anne Fadiman is--by her own admission--the sort of person who learned about sex from her father's copy of Fanny Hill, whose husband buys her 19 pounds of dusty books for her birthday, and who once found herself poring over her roommate's 1974 Toyota Corolla manual because it was the only written material in the apartment that she had not read at least twice.

This witty collection of essays recounts a lifelong love affair with books and language. For Fadiman, as for many passionate readers, the books she loves have become chapters in her own life story. Writing with remarkable grace, she revives the tradition of the well-crafted personal essay, moving easily from anecdotes about Coleridge and Orwell to tales of her own pathologically literary family. As someone who played at blocks with her father's 22-volume set of Trollope ("My Ancestral Castles") and who only really considered herself married when she and her husband had merged collections ("Marrying Libraries"), she is exquisitely well equipped to expand upon the art of inscriptions, the perverse pleasures of compulsive proof-reading, the allure of long words, and the satisfactions of reading out loud. There is even a foray into pure literary gluttony--Charles Lamb liked buttered muffin crumbs between the leaves, and Fadiman knows of more than one reader who literally consumes page corners. Perfectly balanced between humor and erudition, Ex Libris establishes Fadiman as one of our finest contemporary essayists.

A Guide to the Books of William Blake
A Guide to the Books of William Blake
Paperback      ISBN: 0861404084

The writings of William Blake were not really understood by his contemporaries or the Victorians, and it was only in 1910, with the publication of Joseph Wicksteed's Blake's Vision of the Book of Job, that the long process of comprehending Blake's works seriously began. Part I of this work consists of twelve chapters that are primarily intended to instruct the reader who has little or no acquaintance with Blake's more difficult works.

The Book on the Bookshelf
The Book on the Bookshelf
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0375406492

Traces the evolution of the book and the bookshelf, from the scrolls of antiquity to the modern-day volume, explains how the art of book storage evolved, and discusses such topics as libraries, bookselling, book collection, and book buying throughout history

Bookstore: The Life and Times of Jeannette Watson and Books & Co.
Bookstore
The Life and Times of Jeannette Watson and Books & Co.
Hardcover      ISBN: 0151004250

For twenty years, from 1977 to 1997, Books & Co. was one of the premier independent bookstores in the country. Stocking a wide range of quality fiction and nonfiction, Books & Co. was the kind of bookstore writers and readers dream about: a place where reading was an adventure, where interesting works would always be available, where writers would congregate to share ideas and discuss their writing. Its closing, in a rent dispute with the Whitney Museum of Art, caused a media sensation as readers and book lovers decried the end of a cultural icon. In Bookstore, Lynne Tillman tells the story of this legendary store and its determined founder, Jeannette Watson, with help from the voices of Brendan Gill, Roy Blount Jr., Fran Lebowitz, Calvin Trillin, Susan Sontag, Paul Auster, Simon Schama, Lyn Chase, Susan Cheever, Leila Hadley, J.D. McClatchy, Richard Howard, and many more. And the story goes beyond the walls of the store itself to explore the state of publishing and bookselling in a time when the very landscape of the book world has shifted radically. A fascinating account of business, books, and writerly aspiration, Bookstore is a vital window into a world so many have fantasized about.

The Spooky Art: Some Thoughts on Writing
The Spooky Art
Some Thoughts on Writing
1st Edition    Hardcover      ISBN: 0394536487

The author reflects on writing and the writing life, sharing his thoughts on such topics as the limits and attractions of nonfiction, the need for work habits, the pitfalls of early success, coping with bad reviews, and his fellow writers.