Today on The Walnut Jar: THE LOST ART OF CUSTOM-ILLUSTRATING YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS, and more
THE LOST ART OF CUSTOM-ILLUSTRATING YOUR FAVORITE BOOKS
It’s 1795, and you’re a bookish person with a modest library. The trouble is that very few of your books have illustrations, because illustrations are hand-printed and expensive. Fortunately, there is a guy for that. For a price, you can have your books taken apart, enhanced with extra illustrations, and rebound in your preferred style of leather.
Let’s say you own a three-volume set of Revolutionary War history. Your book-binder (because you are the kind of person who has a binder) can add all kinds of things to it: Engravings, letters, autographs, even photographs. These might include memorabilia from your own collection or family history, or things you bought at auction, or items the bookbinder offered for sale.
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