Through the windshield of my car; as it was a very, very, very rainy day.
BenchWorks—20140528-DSCF4333 on Flickr.
Quilting with paint.
BenchWorks—20140529-DSCF4340 on Flickr.
NOT TO BE TAKEN AWAY
Happy Miniature Monday!
Here we have 7 Poems by Emily Dickinson, in a beautiful and simple concertina format. This edition was published by Ziggurat Press in 1995, and printed by Walter Feldman. For more information, see it in the catalog.
Dickinson, Emily. 7 Poems. Providence, RI: Ziggurat Press, 1995. Charlotte Smith Miniature Collection, PS1541A6 1995a
I can’t stand Dickinson but that doesn’t impair my senses.
Xylotheks: Wondrous Wooden Books That Hold Wooden Collections
A xylothek (from the Greek for tree, xylon, and storing place, theke) is an object where the container is a fundamental component of the contents. The term usually refers to books that are both made of wood and filled with wood specimens. Xylotheks (also spelled xylotheques) first began appearing at the end of the 17th century in cabinets of curiosity. As time progressed, they grew larger and more systematic, with hundreds of individual volumes in a single collection, and are now consulted by those working in forestry, botany, forensics, art restoration, and other fields.
Xylotheks were particularly popular in late 18th century and early 19th century Germany. In these constructions, each book in the xylothek was made out of a particular type of wood, the spine covered with the corresponding bark and decorated with associated moss and lichens. Once opened, the book would reveal samples of dried leaves, flowers, seedlings, roots, and branches, with a special compartment in the spine holding a written description of the species’ biology and use. The Special Collections department of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences library in Alnarp, Sweden, contains a beautiful example of this type of xylothek, made in Nürnberg, Germany, at the start of the 19th century. Similar xylotheks are also found in France, Austria, Italy, and the Czech Republic.
I’m upset that I missed this show. I need to pay attention.
trying this on
Pleased to announce our newest book arts acquisition:
The Deep by Kevin Steele.
"The Deep is a tribute to maritime folklore and tradition developed over centuries of nautical exploration… [It] is a circular accordion pop-up book which unfolds to an oversized eight-point compass rose. The compass, arguably the sailor’s most valuable instrument, not only enables accurate navigation but brings good luck, ensuring safe passage home and protecting against a watery end in the Deep.”
If you want to take a look in person just stop by the desk in our reading room and our librarians will probably offer a bit of assistance. I particularly recommend getting a group together and stopping by since it is a great one to gather around.See it in the catalog:http://infohawk.uiowa.edu/F/?func=find-b&find_code=SYS&local_base=UIOWA&request=007449255