Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland a Wonderful Tale 

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland a Wonderful Tale 

Published on 17th May 2018 in Uncategorized.
Its been 153 years since Lewis Carroll's children's novel was published and its safe to say it has proved to be one of the most popular books ever written. Whether its the memorable characters, its nonsensical plot or quotable lines its hard not to fall in love with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland....
7 Easy Ways to Use Books in Your Décor

7 Easy Ways to Use Books in Your Décor

Published on 11th June 2017 in Interior Design.
It’s not as hard as you think. Here are some quick and easy tips on using books as décor, to help you transform your home… 1. Use colour to tell a story We’re all used to seeing paint and patterned or textured wallpapers on an accent wall, but books can also be used to make part of a room pop with colour. Bright shades...
The Shocking Truth Behind Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman

The Shocking Truth Behind Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman

Published on 8th December 2016 in Uncategorized.
It’s Christmas time, and we’re feeling festive. In honour of the Yuletide time of year, today we’re talking about one of the world’s most famous Christmas story books… The Snowman by Raymond Briggs. The plot you probably know and love follows a rosy-cheeked boy, who decides to build a...

Historical book binding terms & meanings

Published on 21st July 2014 in Antiquarianism.
Historical book binding terms and meaning’s Book binding as an art was introduced to Europe from Italy in the late 15th century, upon the fall of Constantinople , in 1453 it is said a great number of manuscripts were carried into Italy and where this manner of finishing books was derived. There was a methodical process to book binding, this wasn’t a job or a practise this was an art and a skilful passion, painstaking, detailed and time consuming , examples still here today are testament, standing the test of time in all their excellence . I will summarise the steps, Start of this process modestly named ……… Folding - simply using a instrument named a folding...

Limiting the water damage on an old or rare book

Published on 30th June 2014 in How To Care For Old/rare Books.
Stand the book on its head with absorbent cloth underneath. If the book cannot stand alone, support it with bookends. Put absorbent paper inside both front and back at this stage do not try to separate the pages, as they are prone to tearing. Change the absorbent paper underneath the book, and inside the covers, alternate the book from head to tail replacing the absorbent paper, when the water is no longer absorbing  fluid and you can safely but gently open the pages, place the absorbent paper every 10-20 pages, changing the paper as often as the paper gets damp, once the paper is no longer absorbing but the book is still lightly damp open the book and fan the pages to let...

How to care for your Antiquarian or Vintage books

Published on 30th June 2014 in How To Care For Old/rare Books.
Handle all your books gently to ensure keeping them in the best condition. Keep in mind books printed from mid 1850’s onwards were usually printed on mechanical ground wood pulp paper, which has a high acidity and can quickly degrade if not kept acceptable conditions. Do not pull a book by the top of its spine to take it from the shelf, the spine is the most delicate part of a book and is also the main structure that holds a book together, It will damage it, also use a book mark, as leaving your book face down and open  will cause unnecessary stress and wear Large heavy books are best kept flat. General size books should be kept on shelves upright at 90° ensure the books...