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60 Years of Spying in Style: The Dashing, Debonaire Design of James Bond

Is there a more stylish, more dashing, more debonaire fictional character than James Bond? I think not. The spy we love to love, 007, took style to whole new heights from his clothes to his quotes to his drink preference. So it should come as no surprise that our favorite swoon-worthy spy has inspired the […]

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Le Corbusier Le Grand

The latest AbeBooks video offering is a review and peek inside of the book Le Corbusier Le Grand, a stunning visual biography of the work and life of Swiss-French architect Charles-Edouard Jeanneret, more commonly known as Le Corbusier (an altered version of his maternal grandfather’s name).  Le Corbusier specialized in building solutions for exploding populations […]

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Penguin’s Brightest Star: Coralie Bickford-Smith

She’s not an author but an illustrator. Coralie Bickford-Smith‘s artwork for Penguin has been setting high standards in the publishing world. Her use of colour, patterns and eye-catching imagery is second to none. The works of John Buchan, Arthur Conan Doyle, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Jane Austen have never looked so good. Click through for […]

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25 of the Most Wonderful Book Covers of the Year

I strongly dislike the vast majority of theatlanticwire‘s 25 Most Wonderful Book Covers of the Year, proving once again that art is artbitrary, and its value highly subjective. So I’m posting them, because you might love them, and someone clearly put some thought and work into the selection. Here are three covers that I did […]

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20 Bookish Benches and Chairs: Time to Sit with a Good Book

Via. I’ve posted before about how I love the upcycling and repurposing of old books. I understand how some people feel taken aback or even hurt when they see books turned into art, or furniture, or decor, but the reality is that those books, once decided they are no longer of value for their original […]

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Video for the Penguin English Library

To mark the launch of the Penguin English Library, Penguin commissioned this sweet animated video from the critically-acclaimed director Woof Wan-Bau. The video depicts one lucky (and familiar!) pengun finding his way to the glorious land of books. The Penguin English Library is: “…100 of the best novels in the English language. These are books […]

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Kelliegram Bindings

A treat for the fine booklover, or anyone who enjoys the excellent artistry of bookbinding: The Kelliegram Binding. Kelliegram bindings often involved intricate leather work, such as leather inlays or onlays to create an image, a scene, or a mosaic effect. It was common for the Kelliegram binders to choose an engraving from the body […]

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Best cover artwork of the day: Woodcut by Bryan Nash Gill

The La Times’ Jacket Copy blog pointed me towards this book – Woodcut by Bryan Nash Gill, published by Princeton Architectural Press. This book offers detailed prints of tree trunk cross sections, including oak, maple, locust, ash and cedar. There are also images of the wood blocks used to create the prints and accounts of […]

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Lasting Impressions: Copper Engraved Plates

Engraving is one of the oldest and most historically significant methods of illustrating a book, and refers to the impression of a pattern, design, text or image into a hard surface. The impressed surface becomes known as a printing plate, and can be used repeatedly to create multiple prints as required, with varying degrees of […]

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No Shades of Grey: Black and White Books

This will be a breath of fresh air for those of you who have been groaning under the relentless weight of the media inundation around 50 Shades of Grey. You’ll find No shades of grey here – it’s all black and white book covers. Gorgeous, monochrome, simple, stylistic gems. And we’ve found that a complete […]

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