Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Bookmark from the Bookplate

Welcome to post 100!
I also wanted to show off one of my favorite bookmarks in my little collection. I keep it in my little album of ex libris, and I'd bet you know why. Not, not because I'm "lame like that", but it makes me smile. I always get a kick out of punning bookplates, and this one goes over the top. I also really like the art deco motif, even though it can be a little hard to read. Click on the images for the big 'uns to get all the detail. Thanks for letting me share.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas

May Santa bring you many books and treats! Merry Christmas everyone! Exclamation!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Library History Blog

Larry Nix, Librariana collector extraordinaire has started a blog on Library History and Collecting. Larry has run several websites, each rich with material. For your enjoyment, Camp Funston Library in Kansas during WWI. Somewhere, a censor got a little crazy, although one could still read through the entire message. Offered on ebay a while back, and "one that got away".

Friday, December 12, 2008

Bibliophiles on Facebook

I for one have resisted putting my mug onto facebook. For one, if I want to keep in touch with people, I will. I don't relish the idea of people from Auld Lang Syne chatting me up online. It's so something my little sister enjoys, which of course means it should be avoided so as not to appear immature.

However, one of the more astute members of the Bibliophiles of Oklahoma has pointed out that it may behoove us to create a group to spread the good word about BoOK. Three days after creating the Facebook group Bibliophiles of Oklahoma, we already have 13 members signed on, and most of these are folks who I've not heard from. Good news! Now lets see how many want to go to Archer City!

Bibliophile Field Trip


Saturday, January 24th. Booked Up in Archer City, Texas.

Depart OKC at 7am,

Legendary bookstore owned by writer Larry McMurtry. If you think you'll get a chance to sit down with the Pulitzer and Oscar winning author and shoot the breeze, don't bet on it. You won't even find any of his books in his bookstore. Seeing himself at the shop is a rarity.

The real prize in a visit to Booked Up is the book selection. Spread out through 4 large buildings is one of the best selections of used and antique books in the western US. Of the 500,000 books, you won't find trash. That is the most impressive thing. Not only the sheer quantity of books
offered, but the quality. Every book seems carefully selected based on subject, condition, scarcity, etc. Every time I've been, I found something truly unexpected. Don't expect throw-away pricing. Prices are fair considering the books available, condition, etc. Booked Up is one of *the* bookstores for pilgrimage for the true bibliophile.