And What Alice Found There

I took this photograph of a friend’s old book, Through The Looking Glass. I’m sure you’ve all marvelled at Alice in Wonderland. Don’t you think it’s wonderful how the author was inspired by a languid afternoon boat ride down the river with some young friends?

I’ve also taken a photograph of this. Tell me you recognise it!

Winnie the Pooh, the ultimate glutton. The bear who we all secretly keep protected in our hearts. Noone can destroy one who has such a love for honey. Sweetness and muchness and grumpy donkeys aside – I happened upon this loveliest of lovely editions of A.A.Milne’s very first Pooh book.

I love letterpress. I love old books. I love fonts. I can spend hours looking at these. I want to learn to bind and restore books, to design layouts. I wonder where they teach this.
Have you ever had a hypnotic attraction to something? Tell me. Maybe it’s chocolate. Maybe it’s Jude Law. Maybe it’s Pinterest.

Restoration:

The process of returning a book, document, or other archival material as nearly as possible to its original condition. The entire scope of “restoration” ranges from the repair of a torn leaf, or removal of a simple stain, to the complete rehabilitation of the material, including, at times, de-acidification, alkaline buffering, resizing, filling in missing parts, re-sewing, replacement of endpapers and/or boards, recovering or restoration of the original covering material, and refinishing in a manner sympathetic to the time of the original binding of the publication. Restoration, therefore, encompasses virtually the entire range of book work—mending, repairing, rebinding, and reconstruction.

Conservation:

The conscious, deliberate and planned supervision, care and preservation of the total resources of a library, archives, or similar institution, from the injurious effect of age, use (or misuse), as well as external or internal influences of all types, but especially light, heat, humidity and atmospheric influences. 2. A field of knowledge concerned with the coordination and planning for the practical application of the techniques of binding, restoration, paper chemistry, and other material technology, as well as other knowledge pertinent to the preservation of archival resources.

If you’re interested in more details about repairing and restoring books, read these articles.

If you’re interested in a typeface that, to me, captures the style of old, old books that love to be explored, take a look at Goudy Bookletter 1911.

Have a lovely Sunday, darlings. Here is something to watch + listen to.

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2 thoughts on “And What Alice Found There

  1. it’s nice to see how fonts and prints have revolved over the years yet the older ones still stand out distinguishing itself from everything else.

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