Wednesday, 10 March 2021

Charles I's travelling library


Like a 17th century version of a Kindle. Two red leather cases, designed in the 1970s by Sangorski and Sutcliffe to look like two large books, open up to reveal 59 small volumes covering just about everything that a wealthy educated gentleman would want to read on his travels. Charles I's travelling library was acquired through a bequest. The collection of tiny books have gold-tooled bindings and some are believed to have been signed by the Prince himself. Titles include classical texts by the poet Ovid and the philosopher Cicero as well as bibles and religious books such as De Imitatione Christi by Thomas A Kempis. 

British Library


 

Monday, 1 March 2021

Shelf Isolation

Shelf Isolation is one of Phil Shaw's distinctive bookshelf works, in which he arranges a series of genuine book-titles in an artfully-constructed digital bookcase, so that when you read them in order, from left to right, they spell out an unexpected narrative and a much needed message of hope.

Rebecca Hossack Art Gallery


Friday, 19 February 2021

Travelling library - Diamond British Poets

[TRAVELLING LIBRARY]. Diamond British Poets. -Diamond Classics. London: Jones & Co., 1823-1831.
50 volumes, 16o (88 x 52 mm). Engraved title pages. Engraved frontispiece portraits of the authors. Volumes bound in various shades of straight-grained patterned silk, blue morocco lettering pieces (some minor rubbing to a few volumes, a few spines lightly faded); original morocco-covered wood folding case with pediment shape at top when opened and with four internal compartments and two glass-fronted doors (some chipping to morocco, wood panels on back of case slightly loose).

Christies


Thursday, 18 February 2021

Lucy Throckmorton's Travelling Library




 

Lady Throckmorton's travelling library. 6 volumes in contemporary case (case is book-shaped). 1637-42. 

National Trust

Saturday, 30 January 2021

Rory Gallagher's Fender Stratocaster guitar and bookshelf poster

Rory Gallagher's Fender Stratocaster in front of his favourite crime novels including those by Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett.

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