Monday, March 1, 2010
Judging a Book by its Cover
One of my passions is collecting late antique 19th and early 20th century books with decorative "publishers" or "trade" bindings. In this digital age of television, internet, iPod, iPhone, and e-book, there are those of us who believe that the art of the book matters more than ever - that reading actually has a physical and creative dimension and that one can derive sensory pleasure in the look, the feel, the weight, and even the fragrance of a real book. Most readers, whether via digital or print, are not aware of this physical dimension to reading - that reading can be more than simply ingesting print. I am one who genuinely believes in real books as graceful companions and as works of art. I will be blogging frequently about this topic and my collection and latest acquisitions.