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Aldus Manutius in Doylestown

On a recent visit to the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works in Doylestown, PA I was surprised to come across this tile in the museum.   Many of you will recognize it as the mark of the famous Venetian printer Aldus Manutius.  Apparently the Tile Works received a commission in 1917 to produce tiles representing the…

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Seattle Public Library’s Central Branch

In honor of National Library Week I thought I’d share my recent visit to the Seattle Public Library’s Central Library. The 11-story glass and steel building, designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas in a joint venture with Seattle-based LMN Architects, is not without its detractors; I am not one of them.  I loved it. Opened…

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Adams Avenue Book Store – San Diego

Readers who find themselves in San Diego will find it worth their time to visit the Adams Avenue Book Store.  Located on San Diego’s “Antique Row” in the Normal Heights business district, the book store specializes in fine used, rare and out-of-print books.  The two-story building offers rooms full of books on a variety of…

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The Birth of a Book

A short, hypnotic video by Glen Milner about the making of a book the old-fashioned way. Filmed at Smith Settle bookbinders in the UK, according to this article in the Independent, the cost of this limited edition cloth-bound book is only £15. This seems like a real bargain to me considering the process and the…

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