Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Bookbinding cats postcard

One of the most popular posts to date (gah!) has been bookshop cats. I don't care much for them, but it seems most other book people rather like them. By the way, I believe the artist intended that to be an inkwell set close by the feather quill, and not a poo. Although, that lazy cat is looking a bit smug and like he's gotten away with something.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Ex Libris Mobilis


I've recently run into Tom online. Tom is the lucky owner of a 1955 Chevy bookmobile named Baby. Can I even begin to say how jealous I am? Very cool. He is planning to hit the national car show circuit with it next year, with a compliment of pre-1955 books.

If you're curious if he has a copy of Here Comes the Bookmobile by Dirk Gringuis, published in 1952, yes he does. From what I understand, it is the first bookmobile book written for kids. Anyone know of one earlier?

According to Tom: "In the Spring of 1955, the Anderson, South Carolina Library ordered a Second-Series Chevy 3600 Chassis-Cab, and sent the unit off to Rock Hill, SC to have the book box built. The Rock Hill Body Company (RHBC) created the box, an evolutionary design with walk-in center core and exterior fold-out wing doors. In '58, the Anderson County Library System was created by referendum, and the Bookmobile continued in service till 1991."

I asked if he planned on using a bookplate for the collection and he did not know what a bookplate was. I directed him to Confessions of a Bookplate Junkie. If you are not familiar with Confessions, it is my favorite ex libris blog. I was also curious if anyone out there have ever seen a bookplate, specific to bookmobiles, or featuring bookmobiles. I've certainly never seen one. I asked Mr. Junkie, of the above plugged blog, and it turns out that he hasn't either. Perhaps they'd be more appropriately called ex libris mobilis.

Thinking about it, if a bookplate featured a bookmobile, it would be from a collection of books that stayed with the bookmobile, and did not generally circulate among a library system. It seems that many (most?) libraries stock bookmobiles with books from the general circulating collections, so a bookmobile specific bookplate seems unlikely. Perhaps a mobile branch librarian could help us out?

The four photos of Baby the Bookmobile are inside and out "As Found", and inside and out, "Cleaned up". She's in an amazing state of preservation. I can't wait to see her on the road!


Thursday, July 17, 2008

Bibliophile on Book TV!


C-SPAN to Film Author Kevin Hayes and 'The Road to Monticello' at Full Circle on Friday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Join us this Friday for a special event featuring Kevin J. Hayes, Professor of English at University of Central Oklahoma and author of The Road to Monticello: The Life and Mind of Thomas Jefferson, a biography of Thomas Jefferson as an intellectual. C-SPAN will be on site to film Hayes' talk about his new book.

In The Road to Monticello, Hayes, looking at Jefferson's correspondence, literary efforts, and libraries, follows Jefferson's education from a young man to lawyer; from his original estate which burned down to his time in Europe, his time in office, and finally to his retirement at Monticello. Jefferson, mythic American figure and third President of the United States, was an able statesman and politician, as well as a philosopher, a scholar, and a gentleman.

Publisher's Weekly says of the book: "Hayes… takes us through Jefferson's hugely wide and eclectic reading with an ease and lightness often missing from a subject central to American history"


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Taunton Mass., public library, stereoview

Great image.
Taunton MA, public library, stereoview detail, no date.

L.M. Maxham Real Photo Stereoview c.1870
Taunton Public Library

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

1966, Cruise Ship ex libris


STR. Lombok (?).

Books are lent -free of charge- to passengers and Officers daily between 10.00 and 10.30 a.m. and between 5.00 and 5.30 p.m.

One book at a time may be borrowed by each person for a maximum period of 7 days. An extension may be obtained upon application to the Chief Steward. All books should be returned before disembarkation.

The equivalent of Nf.10- will be charged for any book lost, damaged or defaced. If any book is received from the Library in a damaged condition, the Chief Steward should be notified immediately.

Received Into Ship's Library ___________ (Nov- 1966)


Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Road to Monticello Review


What a week! Busy, but also very good. Well, true friend of the Bibliophiles of Oklahoma, Kevin J. Hayes's new book The Road to Monticello got a nice long review in the New York Sun this last week by Adam Kirsch. I mean to post a link to it then, but the holiday got in the way. So, read the review then go pick up a copy.

"The Jefferson we get to know in these pages, rather, is the voracious reader and book collector, the happy victim of what he called 'bibliomanie.'"