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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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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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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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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“All my heart is yours, sir: it belongs to you; and with you it would remain, were fate to exile the rest of me from your presence forever.”
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I absolutely am one for love stories and thought I would share this edition from my personal collection today.
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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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A #publishersbindingthursday from my personal collection. Cover of “Insects Abroad. Being a popular account of foreign insects, their structure, habits and transformations" by J. G. Wood. Illustrated with figures by E. A. Smith and J. B. Zwecker, 1874.
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#scientificillustration #scienceillustration #naturalhistory #naturalhistoryillustration #insectdrawing #insectillustration #insectsabroad #jgwood #easmith #publishersbinding #greenpublishersbindingthursday #vintagebookcovers #vintagebookcover
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From our #JohnBuchan collection, we have a #publishersbindingthursday and a #creepyCollections in one book! Written by Paul Carus, The history of the devil and the idea of evil was published in 1900.
Thanks to #rutgers_scua and #PaulRobesonLibrary #SpecialCollections for hosting this spooktacular challenge!
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There’s just something about a beautiful gilded spine... especially when it’s over 150 years old!

#bookstagram #vintagebookstagram #vintagebooks #vintagebook #vintagebookcover #shelfie #shelfdecor #antiquebook #antiquebooks #antiquecupboard #vintagefarmhousedecor #bookchallenge #booklover #booksandnooksdecor #booklover #publishersbindingthursday #publishersbinding #bookcollector #bookcollection #bookcollections #bookcollecting #antiquarianbooks #bookspines #bookspinepoetry #rarebooks #bookishphotography #bookishlife #bookishcommunity
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Just in case you needed another reason to wash your hands...

The vibrant emerald green cloth on these bindings gets its shocking color from copper acetoarsenite, more commonly known as arsenic. The inorganic pigment was also famously used in Victorian era wallpaper.

The bindings seen here, along with others in our collection, were tested by Melissa Tedone, Conservator at Winterthur Library, in December 2019 as part of the #PoisonBookProject. The sample is comprised largely of green cloth case bindings, but some green paper (upper left) also tested positive. They have since been properly rehoused, along with updated safe handling instructions. Read more about the Poison Book Project at the link in our bio.

Wishing you all a wonderful and nontoxic #greenpublishersbindingThursday!

#PoisonBooks #Arsenic #Bookbinding #bookbindingHistory #PublishersBindingThursday #poison #victorianera #rarebooks #librariesofinstagram #iglibraries
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This gorgeous #PublishersBinding has us wanting to stop and smell the roses (or in this case, maybe cardinals?) on this beautiful summer’s day! ⠀

Speaking of which, if you haven’t seen #RopesGarden yet, it’s absolutely stunning! 🌺 ⠀

From “Flower families and ancestors” by Frederic and Edit Clements, publishes by the H.W. Wilson Co in 1928.

#PublishersBindingThursday #Floral #calligraphy #SummerFlowers #iglibraries
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