Cool-looking books

Here are some of the books we’ve posted on #publishersbindingthursday.

John Muir's writings and advocacy were deeply influential in ensuring that the California mountains were protected and preserved for future generations. He wrote My First Summer in the Sierra while living in a cabin in that he built on Yosemite Creek, describing the experience that redirected his life's purpose from there (C570.494 M895my 1911). #publishersbinding #publishersbindingthursday #johnmuir #sierraclub #iglibraries #librariesofinstagram ...

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It's #PublishersBindingThursday, and I was challenged by biodivlibrary for the #BookCoverChallenge, which is to post 7 #bookcovers over 7 days with no explanation. Do you love #FancyBioBooks and #bookcovers too? Click the link in my bio to explore over 100 amazing #bookbindings. ...

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#HerNaturalHistory #WorldBookDay #PublishersBindingThursday
Nature’s Own Gardens (1907) written and illustrated by Maud U. Clarke
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Here is a library shelf that I love, for the bright decorative spines and tales of adventure 📚 I wish I could stay inside and read all day, but I’m about to go dig my car out of the snow 🥶🥶 Stay warm friends 😬 #bookstagram #booklover #bookcoverdesign #bookspines #publishersbindingthursday #igreads #antiquarianbooks #antiques #antiquarian #rarebooks #firstedition #bookcollector #bookcollection #shelfie #fairytale #steampunk #snowday #cozy #cozyhome #library #homelibrary #librariesofinstagram #bibliophile #bookish #julesverne #beautifulbooks ...

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#bookstacks for #publishersbindingthursday ..
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#oldbooks #beautifuloldbooks #antiquebooks #publishersbindings #etsysellersofinstagram #booksellersofinstagram #cascadebooksellers #booktography #bookdesign #bookdecor #booklover
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The emerald green color swatch bookmark at work: I just acquired this 1850 English imprint from an online auction, and it appears to meet our known criteria for arsenical emerald green bindings. The color is just on the edge; it could be degraded emerald green, or it could be a chromium green. I’m looking forward to analyzing it with XRF to refine our understanding [UPDATE: analysis showed the pigment is copper acetoarsenite, or “emerald green”!] If you work with or own mid-nineteenth-century bindings bound in bright green bookcloth, you can email your postal address to reference@winterthur.org with “Emerald green bookmark” in the subject line to receive one of our project bookmarks, which are intended as a tool to aid visual identification of potentially arsenical bookcloth. #poisonbookproject #publishersbindingthursday #publishersbinding #bookhistory #bookconservation #rarebooks #victoriana #arsenic #bibliotoxicology winterthurconservation ...

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We don’t have to TRY too hard to love this binding! This unique gilt decoration is on our copy of Randolph’s Eulis! The History of Love (Toledo, Ohio, 1874).
Paschal Beverly Randolph (1825-1875) was an African-American doctor, Rosicrucian, and occultist. He was the founder of the Brotherhood of Eulis and authored several books, including the title featured here.
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Randolph, Paschal Beverly, 1825-1875. Eulis! The history of love: : its wondrous magic, chemistry, rules, laws, modes, moods and rationale; being the third revelation of soul and sex. Second edition. Toledo, Ohio: : Randolph Publishing Co., 1874. 221, [1], xvii, [1] p. ; 23 cm. http://pacscl.exlibrisgroup.com:48992/F?func=direct&doc_number=000312448

#BensLibrary #PublishersBindingThursday #PaschalBeverlyRandolph #Occultist #Occult #Eulis #HistoryofLove #AfricanAmericanWriters #Rosicrucians #RareBooks #SpecialCollections #1870s #LibrariesofInstagram #GiltyPleasures #TattooInspiration #skullandcrossbones
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The most recent addition to our ever-growing collection of papier mâché bindings, this copy of Friendship’s Token is bound in embossed leather with a painted “mâché centre.” Papier mâché was used for decorative bindings in America only briefly, from about 1850-1855. However, we think the painted image here is of the SS Central America, also known as the Ship of Gold, which sank in September of 1857, dating this binding to a little later. To see more of our bindings collection, check out our Flickr page.

Friendship’s Token. New York: Leavitt & Allen, n.d.
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Today is our 290th birthday, and to celebrate we would like some ice cream and cakes, please!

Not that you need a reason to have ice cream and cakes, because you don't, but, still, 290 years seems like something to celebrate.

#publishersbindingthursday #bookcovers #HBD #icecream #cake #290yearsyoung #benslibrary

Ice-cream and cakes. New York: C. Scribner's Sons, 1907.
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Two birds, one stone: this #publishersbinding belongs to ‘The Forest Lovers,’ a 1898 novel by Maurice Hewlett featuring characters from #KingArthur’s court (netting us #folklorethursday!), though no rabbits as far as we can tell. 😭

#greenpublishersbindingthursday #publishersbindingthursday #camelot #medieval #medievalism #rarebooks #specialcollections #librariesofinstagram #iglibraries rclibraries
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Throwback publisher’s cloth binding Thursday! 🦜 With stronger cloth, new printing technology, and mechanization, the books produced in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were a sight to behold! More books than ever were being produced, and publishers wanted customers to judge their books by their covers so they could make a sale, so there was a bit of a pictorial cloth arms-race for a while 😂 This colorful binding comes from the Smithsonian Libraries 📚
#nofilter #bookstagram #rarebooks #library #publishersbindingthursday #throwbackthursday #librariesofinstagram #booksofinstagram #bookshelf #parrotsofinstagram #bookbinding #bookart #vintage
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“The Story of our Post Office: The greatest government department in all its phases” wins today’s Dramatic Title Award.

Written by Marshall Cushing, private secretary to the US Postmaster General John Wanamaker, in 1893, this sounds like a good read for the moment, as USPS leadership is directing the “greatest government department” to be not so great for everyone. So keep Cushing’s sentiment with a smile for your letter carrier and understanding for that slow package from a small business.

All mail puns are being accepted in the comments with our stamp of approval. 😊

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#publishersbinding #publishersbindingthursday #librarypreservation #bookrepair #postofficelove #uspslove #postofficehistory #johnwanamaker #marshallcushing #circulatingcollection #libraryconservation #bookconservation #saveusps
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