Rare Book Monthly

Articles - August - 2017 Issue

Summertime Fun & Browsing in the Book Arts

293a0c90-46af-42b4-a124-b083d4668db9

Our lead image comes from the Smithsonian Museum, one of a hundred cultural organizations offering coloring book pages for adults for free download.

It’s August and in the Northern Hemisphere it’s Summer. Time for a little bookish R&R.

 

With that in mind here are some large and small collections displayed online and brought together for your enjoyment. Just a little Googling reveals that there are subtle and not so subtle differences between the art of the book, book arts, books by artists and altered books. Not to mention art coloring books for grown ups cashing in on the latest publishing craze. Now on line are more than 100 museums and archives offering downloadable pages to color. Also available are video tutorials on how to color and the best art supplies for grown up coloring book efforts.

 

So sharpen your Prisamacolors,  relax and click a few links to see things you probably haven’t thought of for a while or seen before.

 

Whatever your taste from traditional-historical, to modern-experimental the combination of “book” and “artist” is usually enjoyable and sometimes surprising.

 

100 COLORING BOOKS FOR ADULTS WITH DOWNLOADABLE PAGES



My Modern Met is a site that often has book related links mymodernmet.com/

 

Here’s their portal to a hundred different sources of coloring pages for adults: mymodernmet.com/free-coloring-pages-color-our-collections/

 

Our lead image comes from the Smithsonian’s coloring pages

library.nyam.org/colorourcollections/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/02/Smithsonian-Libraries-Coloring-Pages-v2_Part1.pdf

 

Need art supplies for your new hobby, the Coloring Book Addict can give you some ideas:

coloringbookaddict.com/colored-pencils-adult-coloring-supplies-coloring-book-addicts/

 

Kind of rusty on your coloring skills? Here are a host of coloring tutorial videos:

www.google.com/search?q=coloring+for+adults+tutorial+videos&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiF8KWP4Z3VAhVE6WMKHc7_D9IQsAQIQg&biw=1223&bih=611

 

Also at My Modern Met there is a portal to 200 Belle Epoque posters, all with free downloads.

mymodernmet.com/download-free-posters-belle-epoque-art/

 

Still at My Modern Met, not strictly book related, but gorgeous; check out one of the largest Archives of European Arts. Here’s an introductory article:

mymodernmet.com/free-digital-archives-europeana-collections/

Which takes you to the portal at www.europeana.eu/portal/en

------------------------

 

ARTISTS' BOOKS aka Books by Artists

 

More and more museums, schools, special collections and individual collectors are interested in artists’ books. The Victoria & Albert Museum in London calls itself the world’s leading museum in art and design. Here’s the link to their collection in this field:

www.vam.ac.uk/page/a/artists-books/

 

A more detailed and comprehensive list of libraries and collections of Artists’ Books - mainly American, can be found at this page hosted by Carnegie Mellon University Libraries:

 

www.andrew.cmu.edu/user/md2z/ArtistsBooksDirectory/ArtistsBookIndex.html  

 

Still in the Artist Books genre: The Jaffe Center for Book Arts in Boca Raton, Florida provides a link for the book “as an aesthetic object,” complete with slideshow and many other related links:

www.library.fau.edu/depts/spc/JaffeCenter/collection/books_as_aesthetic_objects/index.php



The  Otis College of Design in Los Angeles has a substantial artists’ book collection. Quite a few individual items are documented by videos::

www.google.com/search?q=otis+college+artist+books&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8#q=otis+college+artist+books&tbm=vid&start=10

 

-----------------------------

 

Book ARTS

The University of Washington Libraries has a substantial Modern Book Arts collection:

guides.lib.uw.edu/friendly.php?s=research/bookarts.

 

The site says, “The UW holdings include 21,000 historical & modern pieces encompassing all aspects of the physical book: typography, papermaking, letterpress and offset printing, illustration, book design, paper decoration, calligraphy, sculptural & conceptual work & artist's books. Major holdings documenting bookbinding history, especially 19th century publishers' decorated bindings. Substantial supportive reference collection.”

 

This link also displays connections to the UW holdings in Historical Children’s Literature featuring 7,000 titles from the 17th through 20th century. In addition it is the home of an Author’s Collection of 10,000 volumes, and 19th century American Literature including Longfellow letters.

 

Penn Libraries has a video presentation of over an hour titled The Art of the Book: Fine Print in the 21st century. Not very many hits, but lots of visuals and lots of information:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEojbGw_9Zw

 

Minnesota Book Arts celebrates the 30th anniversary of its oral history project with a variety of short videos of local practitioners. www.mnbookarts.org/oralhistory

 

Many other things going on at the Minneapolis based center; click on the link to their home page

www.mnbookarts.org/

 

---------------------

HISTORY OF CARTOGRAPHY in ARCHIVAL IMAGES

 

Interested in maps? Open Culture’s website provides links to one of the most ambitious map archives:

www.openculture.com/2015/09/the-history-of-cartography-the-most-ambitious-overview-of-map-making-ever-now-free-online.html

 

The home page of Open Culture is a good place to browse www.openculture.com/

 

SCI FI PULP IMAGES AMAZING & GALAXY

 

While you’re at Open Culture, Science Fiction fans can find the complete visual record of AMAZING STORIESarchive.org/search.php?query=title%3A%28amazing+stories%29+AND+collection%3A%28pulpmagazinearchive%29&page=3

 

Yearn for even for more lurid pulp? Try Archive.org, with its portal to the GALAXY sci-fi archives:

archive.org/details/galaxymagazine&tab=collection

 

POP UPS, COMICS and ALTERED BOOKS, free ART BOOKS 

 

Here are a few additional links also worth a look:

 

Pop up books not just for kids - article with link to video

www.bowdoin.edu/news/archives/1bowdoincampus/008200.shtml

 

www.finebooksmagazine.com/press/events/  events from fine books

 

Comic books at Michigan State said to be America’s largest collection with over 200,000 items

www.lib.msu.edu/spc/collections/comic/

 

200 Free ebook downloads of art books from Met, Guggenheim and Getty

www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/download-200-free-art-books-courtesy-guggenheim-180963266/  

 

Last but not least Altered books pix

www.google.com/search?q=history+of+altered+books&sa=X&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&ved=0ahUKEwiV9O_l0p3VAhVILmMKHe4ZDCkQsAQIRg&biw=1223&bih=611

 

What is an altered book? Here's the wiki:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altered_book

 

Have a pleasant August, work on those coloring skills. Frequent coloring is said to calm the feverish anxious adult brain.

 

See you in September

Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Charles Darwin on sexuality and the transmission of hereditary characteristics: Autograph Letter Signed to Lawson Tait. Down, 17 January [1877].
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> MILTON, JOHN. <i>Paradise Lost. A Poem written in ten books.</i> London: 1667. A very rare example with the contemporary binding untouched and with a 1667 title page.
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> Hamilton secures the ratification of the Constitution: <i>The Debates and Proceedings of the Convention of the State of New-York, assembled at Poughkeespsie, on the 17th June, 1788.</i>
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> The social contract “Man is born free, and everywhere he is in chains”: ROUSSEAU, JEAN-JACQUES. <i>Principes du Droit Politique [Du Contract Social]</i>. Amsterdam: Michel Rey, 1762
    <b>19th Century Shop:</b> “The first English textbook on geometrical land-measurement and surveying”: BENESE, RICHARD. <i>This Boke Sheweth the Maner of Measurynge All Maner of Lande…</i>
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, wallpaper sample book, circa 1919. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Archive from a late office of the Breuer & Smith architectural team, New York, 1960-70s. $3,500 to $5,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> William Morris, <i>The Story of the Glittering Plain or the Land of Living Men,</i> illustrated by Walter Crane, Kelmscott Press, Hammersmith, 1894. $2,500 to $3,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustave Doré, <i>La Sainte Bible selon la Vulgate,</i> Tours, 1866. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Gustav Klimt & Max Eisler, <i>Eine Nachlese,</i> complete set, Vienna, 1931. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>Eric Allatini & Gerda Wegener, <i>Sur Talons Rouges,</i> with original watercolor by Wegener, Paris, 1929. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>C.P. Cavafy, <i>Fourteen Poems,</i> illustrated & signed by David Hockney, London, 1966. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b> Jean Midolle, <i>Spécimen des Écritures Modernes...</i>, Strasbourg, 1834-35. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Apr 26:</b><br>E.A. Seguy, <i>Floréal: Dessins & Coloris Nouveaux,</i> Paris, 1925. $3,000 to $4,000.
  • <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> BEETHOVEN, LUDWIG VAN. Autograph Manuscript sketch-leaf part of the score of the Scottish Songs, "Sunset" Op. 108 no 2. [Vienna, February 1818]. Inscribed by Alexander Wheelock Thayer. SOLD for $131,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> Violin belonging to Albert Einstein, presented to him by Oscar H. Steger, 1933. SOLD for $516,500
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> EINSTEIN, ALBERT. Autograph Letter Signed ("Papa") to his son Hans Albert, discussing his involvement with the atomic bomb, September 2, 1945. SOLD for $106,250
    <b>Bonhams: Results from Fine Books and Manuscripts on March 9, 2018</b>
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> HAMILTON, ALEXANDER. Autograph Letter Signed, to Baron von Steuben, with extensive notes of Von Steuben's aide Benjamin Walker, June 12, 1780. SOLD for $16,250
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> NEWTON, ISAAC. Autograph Manuscript in Latin, being detailed instructions on making the philosopher's stone. 8 pp. 1790s. SOLD for $275,000
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 9:</b> 1869 Inauguration Bible of President Ulysses S. Grant. SOLD for $118,750
  • <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> E.H. SHEPARD, Original drawing for A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner.<br>$40,000-60,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> BERNARD RATZER, Plan of the City of New York in North America, surveyed in the years 1766 & 1767. $80,000-100,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> THOMAS JEFFERSON, Autograph letter signed comparing Logan, Tecumseh, and Little Turtle to the Spartans. Monticello: 15 February 1821. $14,000-18,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN C. FREMONT, Narrative of the Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, in the Year 1842.. Abridged edition, the only one containing the folding map From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $3,000-5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ZANE GREY, Album containing 94 large format photographs of Grey and party at Catalina Island, Arizona, and fishing in the Pacific. From the Sporting Library of Arnold “Jake” Johnson. $5,000-$8,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> WILLIAM COMBE, A History of Madeira ... illustrative of the Costumes, Manners, and Occupations of the Inhabitants. produced by Ackermann in 1821; From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> ERIC TAVERNER, Salmon Fishing... One of 275 copies signed by Taverner, published in 1931,From the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN WHITEHEAD, Exploration of Mount Kina Balu, North Borneo. Whitehead reached the high point of Kinabalu in 1888. Part of a major group of travel books from the Sporting Library of Jake Johnson. $2,000-$3,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> JOHN LONG, Voyages and Travels of an Indian Interpreter and Trader, describing the Manners and Customs of the North American Indians... The first edition of 1791. $3,000-$5,000
    <b>Doyle, April 25:</b> SAMUEL BECKETT, Stirrings Still. This, Beckett’s last work of fiction with original lithographs by Le Brocquy, limited to 200 copies signed by the author and the artist. From the Estate of Howard Kaminsky.. $1,500-$2,500

Article Search

Archived Articles

Ask Questions