Saturday, December 3, 2011

Book Trade Labels spotted!

It's been a while since I've posted on book trade labels, but believe me, they are never far from my heart.  Over Thanksgiving, the Mrs. and I took a pleasant trip to visit friends and our old stomping grounds in Oklahoma.  Luckily for me I was able to  include nearly all the surviving used and indie bookshops in Oklahoma City-- and a new one!

I made quite a haul home in my suitcase, and had to ship a goodly sized box back to Montana as well.

One of the books I bought on an impulse was Barbara Hodgson's The Tattooed Map.  What initially caught my eye on the Clearance shelf at the new Half-Price Books in Edmond, OK was the Chronicle Books colophon on the spine-- these folks put out wonderful books.  Always worth a flip through at the very least.

What a surprise when I did. It was a constant flow of beautiful ephemera reproduced throughout.  Then, closer to the back, bookseller labels started popping up.  I include here only three of the six.  They came out a little blurry.  I think my scanner is just too much for my rickety desk and that's what's causing that.  They really are beautifully reproduced in the book.  I found myself running my fingers over things and surprised it wasn't pasted in.

Maps, books, and ephemera play an important role throughout the story, although it really isn't about that.  Newspaper clippings, receipts  business cards, fold out maps, are complimented with exact details (like library stamps on the backs of maps) and handwritten lists and notes throughout.

As a story, it didn't blow me away, but it's gotten better in my mind with a few days of perspective.  Hodgson has produced a few other books described as Illustrated Novels along similar principles, but this was my first.  Hodgson's more recent book, Trading In Memories, about being an ephemera hunter, has moved from my "Acquire On Sight" list to "Acquire Now" list.





5 comments:

Calsidyrose said...

I had a copy of "The Tattooed Map" at one point--I'm not sure if it's still in my collection, but now I'll have to find it.

I bought because of the title and the Chronicle imprint. Like you, I don't recall it being a riveting rea but I loved the concept of combining maps and such into a novel.

I found your blog via Flickr, when you came across a photo of the Loeb reader and invited it to your group. I'll add your blog to my reading list, plus I've just started with Tumblr, so have added you there as well!

I love books. My current obsession is "Black Beauty"--the horse classic. I have an entire set devoted to scans of covers, endpapers and artworks from various editions and adaptations on my Flickr stream.

Calsidyrose said...

I had a copy of "The Tattooed Map" at one point--I'm not sure if it's still in my collection, but now I'll have to find it.

I bought because of the title and the Chronicle imprint. Like you, I don't recall it being a riveting rea but I loved the concept of combining maps and such into a novel.

I found your blog via Flickr, when you came across a photo of the Loeb reader and invited it to your group. I'll add your blog to my reading list, plus I've just started with Tumblr, so have added you there as well!

I love books. My current obsession is "Black Beauty"--the horse classic. I have an entire set devoted to scans of covers, endpapers and artworks from various editions and adaptations on my Flickr stream.

Calsidyrose said...

I had a copy of "The Tattooed Map" at one point--I'm not sure if it's still in my collection, but now I'll have to find it.

I bought because of the title and the Chronicle imprint. Like you, I don't recall it being a riveting rea but I loved the concept of combining maps and such into a novel.

I found your blog via Flickr, when you came across a photo of the Loeb reader and invited it to your group. I'll add your blog to my reading list, plus I've just started with Tumblr, so have added you there as well!

I love books. My current obsession is "Black Beauty"--the horse classic. I have an entire set devoted to scans of covers, endpapers and artworks from various editions and adaptations on my Flickr stream.

Benjamin L Clark said...

Thank you for your comment, and for leading me to your flickr collections. Fantastic!

Andrew G said...

Great post and thanks for leading me to this book as well as the book 'Trading in Memories'. I've added your blog to the linked sites on the side of my own blog Canadian Bookplates at http://canadianbookplates.blogspot.com/

Though I primarily write about Canadian ephemera, I also blog occasionally about book hunting along Canada's Great Lakes region. Thanks again for sharing this with us. Cheers!