Monday 19 February 2024

The Library-Go-Round

The Library-Go-Round adds a distinctive difference to your library, a unique way to show off your favorite tomes and a useful method of conducting research and taking notes. The five shelves of this revolving book display, inspired by one owned by Thomas Jefferson, can hold several books at various levels and angles and are also useful for note-taking and cross-checking information from several sources. The spinning lazy susan-style base of this rotating bookcase is perfect for spotlighting rare first editions, specialty books, favorite artwork and photographs. The Library-Go-Round folds up neatly into a 12" box when not in use. 


Friday 24 February 2023

Abraham Lincoln's law office bookcase

This five-shelf bookcase was once owned and used by the future president in his law office in Springfield, Illinois. Though simplistic in design, it is accented by a thin midnight-blue velvet trim. The two doors of the bookcase are missing.  

Currently at auction with Heritage Auctions

Thursday 1 December 2022

The Library at Elsinore

Bookcase installation by Tom Phillips, who died earlier this week.
Books, acrylic and pigment ink 
151.7 x 114 x 20 cm

"The mock bookcase contains real books overpainted in grey with titles borrowed from Hamlet in black. These are titles of actual books by actual authors in order of the apprearance of their words in the play. There must of course be more no doubt being borrowed as I write but these are all that my research has turned up. Most are (rightly I presume) obscure but others are by known writers from Lloyd George to Graham Greene with, most recently, Alan Bennett's Single Spies (Simon Callow suggested, he claims, this brilliant choice of title)."

More details here and here

Monday 28 November 2022

Dachshund bookcase

The "Dachshund" sideboard. A wooden sideboard with a twist. This sideboard develops a rotated tail end where you can store books or other items in a more special way. 

Deniz Aktay

Wednesday 16 November 2022

A bookish blade

A knife, with metal blade and fitting, the handle of carved fruitwood, Northern European, 18th/17th century or earlier. 8 5/8 in. (22 cm.) length, 3 1/4 in (8 cm.) circumference. The handle in an unusual design of four stacked books, showing carved covers, clasps, banded spines, and fore-edges with traces of red staining still visible. (Wear commensurate with age and frequent use.)