The ILAB Breslauer Prize for Bibliography, given every fourth year to the most outstanding scholarly book about books and worth 10.000 $, is one of the most prestigious prizes in the field of bibliography.Now the Jury, consisting of Felix de Marez Oyens President of the B.H. Breslauer Foundation, David Adams Manchester University, Jean-Marc Chatelain Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Poul Jan Poulsen Aldus Antikvariat, Denmark, Umberto Pregliasco Libreria Antiquaria Pregliasco, Italy and Arnoud Gerits A. Gerits & Son, The Netherlands, has honoured Jon Gilbert with the 16th Prize for his outstanding and superb bibliography on Ian Fleming and his works:JON GILBERT: IAN FLEMING. THE BIBLIOGRAPHYPreface by Fergus Fleming. Foreword by Michael L. Vanblaricum. Edited by Brad Frank. London, Queen Anne Press, 2012.
To celebrate the launch of Rare Book Week, a panel of passionate bibliophiles – including a collector, a designer and a twenty-first-century book-maker – will explore changing perspectives on what makes a book beautiful … and what makes us treasure it long after its shelf life.
A book no bigger than a grain of rice is going on display in an exhibition celebrating a fascination with miniature books.
In his new book, “Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols & Other Typographical Marks,” Keith Houston reveals the stories behind esoteric punctuation marks, from the pilcrow ¶ to the manicule ☞ to the octothorpe, a.k.a. the hashtag. Many of these have their roots in ancient Greece or Rome, and have evolved over time in Medieval religious texts, Renaissance scholarship, and modern printed works not to mention the Internet. Here, Houston, who lives in Scotland and also runs a Shady Characters blog, tells the origin stories of some of these marks.
IT looks like any other old book you would expect to find in the deepest, darkest vaults of the National Library of Scotland.
This volume of Boethius Consolations of Philosophy, likely copied in England in the fifteenth century, was re-bound soon after as aq “girdle-book”, to be read while hanging from a belt at the waist.