May 16th, 2014

Inked. 

For now, we here at the Library will stick to words on paper, but some people can’t resist inking their favorite literary references. Talk about daily inspiration!

April 2nd, 2014

Harvard Discovers Three Of Its Library Books Are Bound In Human Flesh

From Roadtrippers:

A few years ago, three separate books were discovered in Harvard University’s library that had particularly strange-looking leather covers. Upon further inspection, it was discovered that the smooth binding was actually human flesh… in one case, skin harvested from a man who was flayed alive.

As it turns out, the practice of using human skin to bind books was actually pretty popular during the 17th century. It’s referred to as Anthropodermic bibliopegy and proved pretty common when it came to anatomical textbooks. Medical professionals would often use the flesh of cadavers they’d dissected during their research.

One of the books includes an inscription in purple cursive:

"The bynding of this booke is all that remains of my dear friende Jonas Wright, who was flayed alive by the Wavuma on the Fourth Day of August, 1632. King Mbesa did give me the book, it being one of poore Jonas chiefe possessions, together with ample of his skin to bynd it. Requiescat in pace."

April 2nd, 2014

The Basement, Myopic Books - Chicago, Illinois 

Thanks to Instagram user and friend of the CPL Scott Sandalow for sending us this great photo of Myopic Books in Chicago’s Wicker Park!

March 6th, 2014

Goodnight Songs - ‘Goodnight Moon’ Author’s Poetry Published Posthumously

From Time:

Children’s book lovers are being treated to the debut of a new collection by an old favorite.

Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny author Margaret Wise Brown died at 42 in 1952, but she left behind what Publisher’s Weekly describes as a “treasure trove of unpublished manuscripts.” On Tuesday, Sterling Children’s Books released a collection of 12 of Brown’s unpublished children’s songs in a work titled Goodnight Songs.

Click here to buy Goodnight Songs!

March 1st, 2014

The Lumio Book Lamp

From Design Boom:

The ideas contained within a book are illuminated with ‘lumio‘. an object whose formal qualities resemble that of a hardback, it functions intuitively.

Simply open its cover to turn on the lamp, and close it to turn it off. Its flexible spine allows the user to control brightness by adjusting its angle without a switch or button. sparked to life by Indonesia-born US-based designer Max Gunawan, the book unfolds into multiple lighting possibilities: accent light, ceiling pendant, emergency light, outdoor lantern, table lamp and wall sconce.

With up to 8 hours of continuous battery life, ‘lumio’ offers portable, cordless lighting on-the-go.The project recently launched on Kickstarter, and has already surpassed its target goal by more than 200%.

Click here to see more photos of the book lamp!

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