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Protecting Gilt Edges on Rare Books

By Kristin Masters. Oct 26, 2011. 2:17 AM.

Topics: Rare Books, Book Collecting, Book Care

The process of gilding has existed since ancient times, when both Greeks and Egyptians covered wooden statues in metal. The technique was picked up by book binders as a means to protect pages from the oils and dirt of human hands—in addition to making the book itself more beautiful.


Nobel Laureates of the New Millennium

By Kristin Masters. Oct 5, 2011. 2:47 AM.

Topics: Literature, Nobel Prize Winners

This week the 2011 winners of the Nobel Prize are unveiled. Alfred Nobel, for whom the Prize is named, specified that prizes be awarded in several different disciplines: Physics, Chemistry, Medicine, Peace, Economics, and of course Literature. Nobel’s own interest in literature began in childhood, and the contents of his personal library are quite impressive.


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