This is the best!
And if librarians connect people to information…what is information?
“What do librarians do?
…connect people to information.
They may write a catalogue record with a lot of useful keywords that describe the subject of a book or resource;
they might create and maintain database programs that allow users to search on certain words or phrases;
they may teach a class or help someone one-on-one to find all the possible resources on a topic, and so on.
Of course they do a lot more than this, but we can say with some certainty that the job is fundamentally about helping people find the information they desire.”"
Library Juice Academy
I live in my paperbacks—eat sleep and breathe them—and as a result I’m afraid mea culpa D: A shameful thing to admit for one who reveres the beautiful book and has dedicated a career to preserving them!
If you’ve never been, you must.
That oriental rug is a DREAM!
I’ve been fascinated with collectors ever since I was a little girl
At Rare Book School, librarians, scholars, collectors and random book-mad civilians get a chance to see jaw-dropping masterpieces of printing.
EDIT: I think I like this one from vimeo even better!
For a related artist book project, see: http://scholar.library.miami.edu/1492books/index.html
I cataloged the miniature book collection at The Grolier Club of NYC one summer, and I’ll never forget how special the experience was! Itching to get back into the cataloging world
Jozsef Tari has been collecting miniature books since 1972, and is now the proud owner of over 4,500 literary works, including the world’s smallest book (2.9 x 3.2 mm).
“A printer by trade, Tari has always been fascinated by the written word, and in 1972 he began collecting miniature books. Most of the items in his collection are in Hungarian, but he also has quite a few from the US, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Indonesia and Japan. Ironically, he only has a few books from the countries neighboring Hungary. As far as topics are concerned, Jozsef Tari is interested in everything from religion to sports, literature and even cooking, but he only collects books that are 76 mm in size, or smaller. His collection features books that are over 100 years old, but his most prized miniature is the world’s smallest book – it measures only 2.9 x 3.2 millimeters and fits into a nutshell.
Apart from the 4,500 books in his collection, Tari also has 15 kinds of miniature newspapers, including the smallest in the world, which measures only 19 x 26 mm.”
(However I do believe there is a new world’s smallest book! I wonder if Tari will be adding it to his already amazing collection…)
Irma Boom (what a name!) on The Most Beautiful Book in the World.
I definitely have a reaction to this one.
Can almost feel the quality of the paper…swoon. Love the “rough edges” she mentions (known to most with any actual expertise (?) as “deckles”). Textiles are fun, including high quality images thereof.
But most beautiful book? Give me a break. Doesn’t even close to give William Morris a run for its money.
Have seen SO. So many BEAUTIFUL books come across my desk in my time that perhaps I’ve got too much basis for comparison.
What is your reaction?
I am sorry that I missed this one while I was out there!
Have seen several of the classic ABs featured, but the Kinlyside looks intriguing. Then again, would rather read “The Reluctant Nun” and drink up those rich black (lithographed, woodblocked?) inks, than see it displayed.
Plexi Book, 2011