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An article about dust jackets

December 22, 2011 Leave a comment

With the new publication Book-Jackets: Their History, Forms, and Use by G. Thomas Tanselle almost available from Oak Knoll, we thought you might like to read an interesting blog article related to dust jackets. Posted by Stephen J. Gertz on the Booktryst blog, he talks about dust jacket repair and whether repaired dust jackets are something a book collector likes or dislikes. It’s a neat article that presents some interesting points to consider. Click here to read the entire article.

To learn more, or to pre-order Books-Jackets: Their History, Forms, and Use, click here.

 

A review of Books as History on the Booktryst blog

June 21, 2011 Leave a comment

Check out a review of Books as History: The Importance of Books Beyond Their Texts by David Pearson posted on the Booktryst blog of Stephen J. Gertz.

If every book tells a story, every book has a story.

Until recently, a book’s text and its physical manifestation were indivisible, their stories intertwined. With the advent of ebooks, however, text is now independent of what we’ve come to understand as a “book,” a physical object with metaphysical content that, in its origins, was presented as scrolled, later bound, manuscript, and then, with Gutenberg, as bound leaves of print.

A day cannot go by, it seems, without an article tolling the death knell of the book, either heralding a new, golden age of information delivery and consumption, or as a mournful elegy. Soon, it seems, lovers of traditional books will be consulting mediums to reach beyond the veil and communicate with beloved books in the great hereafter. We’ll want to know how they’re doing, tell them how much we love and miss them, and express sorrow for not defending them heartily enough when they were still with us but struggling for their lives. We need comfort and consolation.

In the absence of David Dunglas Home, the 19th century Scottish spiritualist and medium, David Pearson, Director of Libraries, Archives, and Guildhall Art Gallery at the City of London, is here to say, It’s okay…

Click here to read the full review. Thanks for an excellent review, Stephen!