Lexical Girl


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Books. Publishing. Words.
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heart-deco:

lexical-girl:

This is a first-edition folio of Shakespeare, published in 1623. It collects a number of his comedies, histories and tragedies (pictured here are Hamlet and Coriolanus) and is the only first-edition Shakespeare in Canada. It resides at the Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library in Toronto.

Photos by Kelsea.

Happy Shakespeare Birthday Day! Did you know that there’s a first-edition folio Shakespeare in Canada?

lemonysnicketlibrary:

What’s the verdict? Are you worth kidnapping?

silencewhippersnapper:

brownsharpie:

I love the librarians where I work.

I need to start doing this.

silencewhippersnapper:

brownsharpie:

I love the librarians where I work.

I need to start doing this.

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It’s disorienting, to say the least, to start reading a book expecting to like it, maybe even love it, and to find yourself irritated at each successive turn of the page. It feels like the dissolution of some unspoken pact with the writer—this was supposed to be the best part of my day and now I find myself avoiding it.

On Being Bored by a Particular Kind of Male Narrator by Elizabeth Weinberg on The Toast. 

thesnicketfile:

Girls Standing on Lawns is a unique collaboration between renowned artist and bestselling children’s book author Maira Kalman and New York Times bestselling writer Daniel Handler, better known as Lemony Snicket. This clever book contains 40 vintage photographs from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, more than a dozen original paintings by Kalman inspired by the photographs, and brief, lyrical texts by Handler. Poetic and thought-provoking, Girls Standing on Lawns is a meditation on memories, childhood, nostalgia, home, family, and the act of seeing. The gorgeous visual material sets the stage for what Handler succinctly describes as “a photograph, a painting, a sentence, a pose.” Girls, women, families, and even pets from days gone by grace the pages, looking out at us, enticing readers to imagine these people, their lives—and where they have gone.
Relase Date: 6th May 2014

thesnicketfile:

Girls Standing on Lawns is a unique collaboration between renowned artist and bestselling children’s book author Maira Kalman and New York Times bestselling writer Daniel Handler, better known as Lemony Snicket. This clever book contains 40 vintage photographs from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, New York, more than a dozen original paintings by Kalman inspired by the photographs, and brief, lyrical texts by Handler. Poetic and thought-provoking, Girls Standing on Lawns is a meditation on memories, childhood, nostalgia, home, family, and the act of seeing. The gorgeous visual material sets the stage for what Handler succinctly describes as “a photograph, a painting, a sentence, a pose.” Girls, women, families, and even pets from days gone by grace the pages, looking out at us, enticing readers to imagine these people, their lives—and where they have gone.

Relase Date: 6th May 2014

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uispeccoll:

Walt Whitman faced multiple publishing dilemmas throughout his career, but when he began working James R. Osgood & Co. in Boston things seemed to be turning around.  Whitman was able to work with Osgood and design Leaves of Grass to look how he wanted: “a (plain) specimen in type, paper, ink, binding, &c. as bookmaking can produce—not for luxury however, but solid wear, use, reading, (to carry in the pocket, valise &c)—a book of about 400 pages to sell at $3” (Folsom 48).  Not long after the volume was published in 1881, the New England Society for the Suppression of Vice complained to the Massachusetts Attorney-General and called for Osgood to suppress Leaves and for Whitman to remove certain “obscene” poems (50).  Whitman did not comply and Osgood gave Whitman the plates and 225 sets of unbound sheets (51).  These plates are especially important because “All issues of Leaves after this are printed from the Osgood plates” (49).  Unsuccessful publishing ventures in England soon followed.  Whitman was able to find a new publishing house, Rees Welsh & Co. in Philadelphia which was soon taken over by David McKay.  McKay and Whitman issued another edition in 1882 under Rees Welsh & Co. and later under David McKay beginning in 1884. 

McKay’s later edition imitates the 1881 Osgood edition closely.  Side by side, you can see that the two publishers made use of the same emblems and olive-yellow book cloth.  The 1881 edition is slightly smaller—perhaps this is a result of Whitman’s desire to have the book fit well in a pocket. 

-Jillian P.

PS3201 1881 and PS3201 1884b

Folsom, Ed.  Walt Whitman: Whitman Making Books, Books Making Whitman, a Catalog and Commentary.  The University of Iowa, 2005.

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berniesu:

SIGNAL BOOST - Book adaptations online. Thrive format… THRIVE!

interpretingthesoul:

I’ve been intrigued and delighted by the increase in transmedia stories popping up on YouTube, tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. In particular, I admire how people are taking advantage of the high degree of technological connectivity in today’s age to represent timeless classics. So far, I’ve found:

Do you know of any others I can add? If so, please let me know.

theashleyclements:

Stopped by The Last Bookstore today

theashleyclements:

Stopped by The Last Bookstore today

thingsfittingperfectlyintothings:

willumblr:

Must be something about Harry Potter books and fitting into things

more harry potter books + bookshelf

thingsfittingperfectlyintothings:

willumblr:

Must be something about Harry Potter books and fitting into things

more harry potter books + bookshelf