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Kniha Elisky Pihrtové Ex-libris (c.1952). Pavel Šimon (Czech, 1920-1958). Colour soft ground and aquatint. Artist’s proof.
Šimon was educated at the Academy of Fine-Arts in Prague. He was a pupil of professor Pukl and a son of the renowned painter Tavík František Šimon and his wife Vilma Kracikova. Šimon is well-known for his book illustrations and ex-libris.

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Kniha Elisky Pihrtové Ex-libris (c.1952). Pavel Šimon (Czech, 1920-1958). Colour soft ground and aquatint. Artist’s proof.

Šimon was educated at the Academy of Fine-Arts in Prague. He was a pupil of professor Pukl and a son of the renowned painter Tavík František Šimon and his wife Vilma Kracikova. Šimon is well-known for his book illustrations and ex-libris.

Minnesota: Land of 10,000 lakes and 1 floating library

There are lakes everywhere in Minnesota and now one of them has a floating library.

Thanks to Sarah Peters the contraption above is open for business on Cedar Lake in Minneapolis. Designed by Molly Reichert the 8 foot structure will hold upwards of 80 books for water travelers to peruse and check out.

Canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, skiffs, rowboats, or even inner tubes are invited to paddle up to the Library and browse the shelves from inside their watercraft. The library has both circulating and reference collections of artists’ books contributed by artists nationwide. A staff of friendly floating librarians facilitate the check out process and make reading suggestions

There are even drop off boxes on the shore to return the books.

About the project, Peters told the Minneapolis Star Tribune “Art books are not a widely known art form..And so there’s an element of delight and surprise. First of all, canoeing along and coming across a library. And then having it stocked with books that are totally unique. It’s like this double whammy of inventiveness. It can expand people’s ideas of what art is.”

True enough but it could also ruin a lot of those unique books. Granted one cannot enter the library but the confluence of books and water rarely ends well.

Perhaps a shore-based library by the landing dock could have achieved the goal of exposing people to the pleasures of book arts and artists books without  the high risk. But then again maybe the reward is in the risk.

Story at the Star Tribune: The land of 10,000 lakes now has a floating library 

Floating Library website

Flickr set of the Floating Library, 2013

h/t Shelf Awareness

Shame and Literacy Redux: Rapper Challenges Boxer to read ‘Cat in the Hat’ on Jimmy Fallon
Right on heels of our last post, Shame and Literacy, comes this doozy.
Rapper 50 Cent has challenged Floyd Mayweather, who many consider the best pound-for-pound boxer in the universe, to appear on Jimmy Fallon’s late night TV show and read the Dr. Suess classic “Cat in he Hat.” If he does so successfully 50 Cent will donate $750,000 to a charity of Mayweather’s choosing.
The two former business partners had a falling out and are now duking it out on social media. First 50 Cent challenged Mayweather to read one page of “Harry Potter” for the money and after not receiving a response he amended his offer. ”We know you can’t pronounce those words in the “Harry Potter” book, so we gonna let you read “Cat in the Hat” said 50 Cent.
And what if in fact Mayweather is illiterate? He should hang up his gloves, learn to read, and become a role model for the 900 million people on the planet that are illiterate. Then he will be  a true champion.
video of the challenge
50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather feud may bring big bucks to charity | LA Times
h/t Gawker
image: Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Floyd Mayweather Jr. (Jemal Countess / Ethan Miller / Getty Images)

Shame and Literacy Redux: Rapper Challenges Boxer to read ‘Cat in the Hat’ on Jimmy Fallon

Right on heels of our last post, Shame and Literacy, comes this doozy.

Rapper 50 Cent has challenged Floyd Mayweather, who many consider the best pound-for-pound boxer in the universe, to appear on Jimmy Fallon’s late night TV show and read the Dr. Suess classic “Cat in he Hat.” If he does so successfully 50 Cent will donate $750,000 to a charity of Mayweather’s choosing.

The two former business partners had a falling out and are now duking it out on social media. First 50 Cent challenged Mayweather to read one page of “Harry Potter” for the money and after not receiving a response he amended his offer. ”We know you can’t pronounce those words in the “Harry Potter” book, so we gonna let you read “Cat in the Hat” said 50 Cent.

And what if in fact Mayweather is illiterate? He should hang up his gloves, learn to read, and become a role model for the 900 million people on the planet that are illiterate. Then he will be  a true champion.

video of the challenge

50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather feud may bring big bucks to charity | LA Times

h/t Gawker

image: Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Floyd Mayweather Jr. (Jemal Countess / Ethan Miller / Getty Images)

digitalpubliclibraryofamerica

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Who doesn’t love a beautiful book cover? Our latest installment in the Summer of Archives series features stunning 19th and 20th-century book covers designed by the likes of Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944) and Will Bradley (1868–1962), among others. 

For more amazing historical book covers, visit http://imgur.com/gallery/vbPO6

Image credits

  1. Cover and binding of “The Day of the Dog" (1904) by George Barr McCutcheon. Designed by Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944). Image courtesy University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Full text available
  2. Cover and binding of “Jersey Street and Jersey Lane: Urban and Suburban Sketches" (1896) by H.C. Bunner. Designed by Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944). Image courtesy University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Full text available.
  3. Cover and binding of “The Story of Ab: A Tale of the Time of the Cave Men" (1897) by Stanley Waterloo. Designed by Will Bradley (1868-1962). Image courtesy University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Full text available.
  4. Cover and binding of “Three Thousand Dollars" (1910) by Anna Katharine Green. Image courtesy University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Full text available.
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William T. Volmann the Book Artist

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We got a sneak peak at this beautiful new work thanks to our Collection Development Department!

Book of Candles by William T. Vollmann, 2006
 
Over the last thirty years, William Vollmann has established himself as one of the most original voices in American letters, producing a voluminous amount of published work, including Europe Central (2005), which won the National Book Award for Fiction.  Although Vollmann is an established writer of both fiction and nonfiction, less well known perhaps is his work as a producer of original artists books.  Harvard recently acquired the final available copy of Vollmann’s magisterial Book of Candles, an artist book containing original artwork and poetry.  Harvard’s copy of Book of Candles is one of two copies of this scarce and highly original work held in institutional collections.