Interior Design with Books

Published on 31st December 2014 in Uncategorized.
A lot of thought goes in to the homes we live in, the shops, bars and restaurants we frequent, the spaces we spend our days in. Books add character to a room, and with so many different ways to creatively showcase your collection; there will always be a perfect solution for every individual space.   First of all, assess your space. Books may seem cumbersome, so often stuffed into a clunky bookshelf, but this is not the case. Built in shelving and architectural cabinets, to free standing cases, you will almost certainly have more space than you first think; check out hidden areas, such as under stairs, over doorways, corners and bare walls. Decorative book displays are there for ambiance over...

Rudyard Kipling, Part 2: His works, including The Jungle Books & more.

Published on 13th November 2014 in Uncategorized.
The Jungle Books (1894).   Perhaps his most famous works, The Jungle Books was a collection of short stories by Kipling. Featuring illustrations from his father, there is evidence that The Jungle Books were written for his daughter who died aged only 6; after, a poignant handwritten note dedicating the books to her, was found in a rare early edition. Some of the most famous stories follow Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves in the Indian jungle, and are tales and fables of an ‘anthropomorphic’ nature; whereby animals take on characteristics of humans, such as talking/communicating and forming emotional...

Rudyard Kipling, part 1: Exceedingly Good Books.

Published on 7th November 2014 in Uncategorized.
Not to be confused with the famous cake baker, Rudyard Kipling was possibly the most popular writer in England during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is most well known for his stories, The Jungle Books, a two-part story which has been kept alive not only by it’s Disney animated remake, but the imagination behind the story, and the rapture it has created in audiences across the world and time.   Kipling was born to British parents in Bombay, India in 1865. His early life here in these lush, vibrant, vivid lands served for the inspiration behind many of his short stories, however Kipling was greatly afflicted by the contrast between India and traditional...

Household Management: Mrs Beeton Style

Published on 21st October 2014 in Uncategorized.
Isabella Beeton is best known for her first and only publication, Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management. The book was a ‘How To’ guide to running the perfect Victorian household, and since it’s first publication in 1865, has been re-edited and released 24 times; in fact, it is still available in print today, a testament to Mrs Beeton’s huge success.   The book features over 900 recipes, offering cooking and hosting advice, amongst other topics such as fashion, child-care, animal welfare and religion.  Think the back pages of today’s girly glossies, where many seek advice on finance, sex and dieting… Isabella covered it all, Victorian style, in just over...

Prolific Historical Authors: Robert Burns

Published on 14th September 2014 in Uncategorized.
In honour of the impending Scottish referendum, let’s take a look at one of their best-known poets, Robert Burns. Widely regarded as one of the Scots’ national treasures, Burns has been known as Scotland’s favourite son, The Ploughman Poet, and The Bard of Ayrshire, where he was born in 1759.   Burns is one of the best known poets to have written in the Scots language, however also in English and with Scottish dialect, making his works accessible to a wider audience, and loved by many; he is celebrated worldwide as a national treasure of Scotland. He is most famous for his song, Auld Lang Syne, which is traditionally sung on New Year’s Eve, or Hogmanay in Scotland....

The Appreciation of a Good Book.

Published on 5th September 2014 in Uncategorized.
As a generation/nation of smartphone, tablet and laptop addicts, it is often easy to under appreciate the printed word. With the majority of us getting both our news and entertainment from online articles and social media, the good old fashioned book is becoming vastly over looked.  Books are beautiful, and the craft that goes in to planning, writing and creating each one is a craft to be appreciated. Modern reading is all about fitting it in; the short, efficiency of tweets and posts, barely a few hundred words long, blogs and articles giving us snippets of information on anything and everything. The detail of a book is rarely emulated online, whether fiction or...

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...
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