Cool-looking books

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

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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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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“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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Happy #PublishersBindingThursday! Here are two books from UWM Special Collections uwmspeccoll. "Nature Biographies" by Clarence Moores Weed, published in 1901 and "The American Boys' Book of Bugs, Butterflies and Beetles" by Dan Beard, published in 1915.
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#NatureBiographies #ClarenceMooresWeed #DanBeard #publishersbinding #romanceofbooks #uwmspecialcollections #uwmdistcoll #insectart #insectillustration #naturalhistory #scientificillustration #vintagescience #publishersbindings
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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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Here's a really beautiful publisher's binding on a 1902 edition of Fairyland of Science. This book was written by Arabella Buckley for a young audience to learn about science through imagination and story telling.
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#OthmerLibrary #PublishersBinding #PublishersBindingThursday #Bookbinding #ArtNouveau #WomenInScience #BookArt #BeautifulBooks
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"To borrow a waggish saying, the knowledge of the art has been principally transmitted from mouth to mouth."

From: Charles Bombaugh, The Literature of Kissing (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1876)

#kissing #publishersbindingThursday #bookcovers
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A #PublishersBindingThursday and #Feathursday combination: Cover of "Homes Without Hands: Being a Description of the Habitations of Animals" by the Rev. J. G. Wood (John George Wood). New York, 1874.
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#HomesWithoutHands #JGWood #JohnGeorgeWood #birddrawing #birdillustration #birdprint #ornithology #romanceofbooks #birds #publisherbinding #publishersbinding #greenpublishersbindingthursday #greenpublishersbinding
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I’m so honored to be giving the Friends of the UD Library Fall Faculty Lecture next Tuesday! To register for this free event, google “UDel Library Events” and click on the link for this talk.

#poisonbookproject #libraryconservation #bookconservation #bookhistory #publishersbindingthursday #victoriana #bibliotoxicology
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