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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.


Legendary Illustrators: Charles van Sandwyk

By Katharina Koch. Oct 19, 2011. 3:46 AM.

Topics: Legendary Illustrators, Children's Books

Award-winning children’s illustrator Charles van Sandwyk has developed a reputation for drawings and watercolors that look like they hark from ages—and places—past. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1966, van Sandwyk grew up surrounded by art. His father was a graphic designer, and their home was filled with a wealth of antique prints and paintings.


Spooky Reads for Halloween

Have you chosen a costume? Stocked up on candy? Planned that trick-or-treating route? That’s right…Halloween is almost here. The myths and tales of Halloween have long captured our imagination, making the holiday a perfect match for book collectors. Classic spine tingling reads are consistent book collecting favorites.


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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