Material History and Antiquarian Interest

A Definitive Commentary on Bookplates: Edward Gordon Craig’s Nothing, or The Bookplate - Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace Edward Gordon Craig was an artist philosopher whose daring stage sets were many years ahead of their time and whose theories about the use of masks in theater remain startling even today.  His work with bookplates is too little remembered, but the designs are a wonderful introduction to…Read more A Definitive Commentary on Bookplates: Edward Gordon Craig’s Nothing, or The Bookplate
Collecting American Presidential Autographs - Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase through CreateSpace Paul C. Richards, Edited and Introduced by Paul Rich The collecting of autographs of American presidents is done with a passion that is not found about similar figures in other countries.  Canadian prime ministers or Finnish presidents are not the focus of hobbyists. The enthusiasm of getting a set of presidential…Read more Collecting American Presidential Autographs
Collecting Old Books: Percy Fitzgerald’s The Book Fancier - Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace It takes one to know one’ is true of avid readers, and certainly of bibliophiles who are acquainted with Percy Fitzgerald, a man who enjoyed writing about old books as much as he did reading them. His observations and prejudices about his favorites will inevitably start a conversation…Read more Collecting Old Books: Percy Fitzgerald’s The Book Fancier
Material History and Ritual Objects: George Blake Dexter’s The Lure of Amateur Collecting - Purchase through Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace Edited and Introduced by Devin Proctor   From the original 1923 front cover: “The habit of collecting is one that yields the greatest delight to its possessor, since the collector goes through the world always on the watch for the beautiful and rare. Mr. Dexter mounted the hobby as…Read more Material History and Ritual Objects: George Blake Dexter’s The Lure of Amateur Collecting
The Amenities of Book Collecting - by A. Edward Newton with a new introduction by Katherine Mead-Brewer The Amenities of Book Collecting is a unique compilation of literary history, autobiography, travel writing, and, of course, the history of book collecting. Through these essays and reflections, Newton presents his own travels, collecting goals and expeditions, relationships, and interests as an introduction, for the…Read more The Amenities of Book Collecting
Understanding Art - Purchase on Amazon  |  Purchase on CreateSpace Edited and Introduced by Daniel Gutierrez-Sandoval Hendrik Willem van Loon was a Dutch-American professor, journalist, prolific writer, and illustrator. His most famous work, “The Story of Mankind” earned him the prestigious John Newbery Medal, extended by the American Library Association for distinguished contributions to American literature for children.…Read more Understanding Art
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