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The Rosemary Verey Collection Sells for $187,500 at Bloomsbury Auctions

London—The working library of one of the most distinguished and influential garden designers of... read more

Jerry Garcia Letter Written to Vogue Cover Model for Sale at RR Auction

BOSTON, MA—An extremely rare handwritten letter by Jerry Garcia will be offered during a... read more

Major Exhibition of Book Artist Werner Pfeiffer Planned by Toledo Museum of Art

TOLEDO, OHIO—Plain paper in the hands of an artist can become magical, and that’s... read more

The Folio Prize Announces 2015 Nominations

London, UK, December 14, 2014—THE FOLIO PRIZE, sponsored by The Folio Society, has revealed... read more

Benjamin Franklin Printing Blocks Identified

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—December 12, 2014—Three extremely rare 18th-century type-metal blocks on deposit with the Library... read more

Gerald W. Cloud Named Curator of Early Books & Manuscripts at the Ransom Center

The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of... read more

Highlights of 2015 Edition of Master Drawings in New York

NEW YORK—The 2015 edition of MASTER DRAWINGS IN NEW YORK (January 24 - January... read more

Newly Discovered Works by Oscar Wilde to be Displayed in Exhibition at the Rosenbach

PHILADELPHIA, PA—Dec. 3, 2014—The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia is thrilled to... read more

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2014 Bookseller Resource Guide
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What’s on Your List?

Library Necklace

Etsy is an online community where people buy and sell handmade items – it’s a wonderful place for people who value craftsmanship and creativity. Book jewelry is one brilliant example. Designer Margaux Kent of Black Spot Books has made a miniature book necklace, crafted from antique and scrap leather in autumnal tones and archival paper (yes, you can actually write or draw in the books). If this one seems too elaborate, check out the other amazing items in her shop – a miniature journal on a chain, antique parchment earrings, and a necklace made from an old leather postcard.

etsy.com/shop/theblackspotbooks $350

Alphabet Soap

Debbie Chialtas, owner of Soapy Love, created her own silicone mold to make this unique Typography Soap. You can tell how much she loves her job—these soaps are completely handmade, consisting of all natural glycerin soap scented with natural peppermint oil. Each side is different and features raised lettering and punctuation marks. Packaged in a clear box to show off the detail. Chialtas also makes soap popsicles and cameo soaps and has a book coming out this fall called The Art of Soap.

etsy.com/shop/soapylove $10

BookBook

Yes, it’s called the BookBook and it covers your MacBook. Designed exclusively for MacBook Pro, this leather hardback cover is designed to look like a vintage book. Slip in your computer, and voilà, protection from the elements and any Luddites lurking nearby. Available in classic black or vibrant red, each BookBook has been hand-distressed, ensuring that no two look exactly alike. Zip it closed, and it masquerades as any old book. The Charleston, South Carolina-based designer Twelve South is currently at work on a BookBook for iPad, too.

twelvesouth.com/products $79.99 and up (800) 858-1276


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Last but not least, you can’t have a book lover’s gift guide without a nice gift book or two. Here are two recently published beauties. Don Etherington’s autobiography, Bookbinding & Conservation: A Sixty-Year Odyssey of Art and Craft, is amazing to consider—the breadth of his life’s work relayed through a personal narrative and rich illustration is simply remarkable. The book is available from Oak Knoll, and buyers can opt for a jacketed hardcover or unbound sheets. Gibbs M. Smith’s The Art of the Bookstore contains reproductions of the sixty-eight oil paintings the author/publisher created while visiting bookstores around the country. Accompanied by short essays, Smith captures these shops with reverence and whimsy. A jacketed hardcover in a slipcase, this gorgeous book was made for people like us.

Bookbinding: oakknoll.com $49.95/bound volume (302) 328-7232

Art of the Bookstore: gibbs-smith.com (item # 06437) $35 (800) 835-4993

Rebecca Rego Barry is the editor of this magazine.
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