Funniest academic study I've read all year.
Funniest academic study I've read all year.
"Freedom is a dream, and we don't know whose."
From the page: "Dear reader. We had come this far with the printing of this book when on 12 march 1648 at half past nine in the evening the bailiff and three of his henchmen kicked in the door of the printer窶s office."
From the page: "Requested: Entombed With an Infant
Book wanted: In Tune With the Infinite
Requested: The Missing Hand
Book wanted: A Farewell to Arms"
From the page: "The Atlas of Early Printing is an interactive site designed to be used as a tool for teaching the early history of printing in Europe during the second half of the fifteenth century. While printing in Asia pre-dates European activity by several hundred years, the rapid expansion of the trade following the discovery of printing in Mainz, Germany around the middle of the fifteenth century is a topic of great importance to the history of European civilization.
The Atlas is the creation of Greg Prickman, Head of Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa Libraries. It is hosted by the University of Iowa Libraries. Version 2 went online in 2013, and was coded by Andrew Holland, Web Application Developer for the University of Iowa Libraries. Preliminary work was done by Steve Tomblin. "
From the page: "book Conservation is an essential component of a comprehensive program to protect and preserve library collections for current and future use by scholars. This exhibit takes a close look at the scientific aspects of conservation and the treatment of collections. We begin with a definition and overview of conservation and explore some modern materials and reproduction techniques from the 20th and 21st centuries that pose special treatment challenges for conservators. We then look at many condition issues and processes of deterioration in older library collections from as early as the 12th century: insect damage and mold, aging leather and thread, and flaking or corrosive inks and pigments. We end by highlighting important conservation science research that contributes new means of analysis, treatment techniques and better solutions to preserve collections."
Love is the ground note; we cannot do
without it or the sorrow of its changes.
From the page: "Raul Lemesoff, an Argentine art-car artist, has taken a 1979 Ford Falcon that used to belong to the Argentine armed forces and turned into a 'Weapon of Mass Instruction.'"
From the page: "I love finding them because they remind me that books are made by people and they carry with them traces of their making. "
From the page: "This week, I want to spotlight two of the Renaissance gems of the Newberry collection, both English manuscript calligraphy books. During the Renaissance, calligraphic manuals helped their owners to master the elegant handwriting valued by humanists while also imparting moral instruction."
From the page: "Known more generally as book plates, ex libris are prints, drawings or watercolors designed by artists to be inserted into the front of books to display ownership. Originally a mark of prestige and status in society, book plates emerged in the fifteenth century and usually bore the owner窶s family coat of arms. An interest in ex libris collecting and societies began in the 19th century, by which time it was increasingly common for merchants, scholars and other professionals to commission these works from prominent artists. The compositions were created based on the person窶s interests, career and accomplishments and often would include a play on his/her name. Fine book plates continue to be made today by contemporary artists both by commission and as a direct response to the book plate as an art form. Many take their inspiration from various historical ex libris motifs such as Greek myth, momento mori and Don Quixote and incorporate them into their own unique style others imagine their own themes more in line with the Modernist movements such as Symbolism and Abstract Expressionism. Each one lends its own distinct voice to the continuing dialogue and tradition of the ex libris."
From the page: "Whereof the Gift Is Small"
From the page: "Sorrow is knowledge, those that know the most must mourn the deepest, the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life."
From the page: "The John Carter Brown Library (JCBL) at Brown University will join the Primeros Libros project, which strives to build and preserve a digital collection of the first books (primeros libros) printed in Mexico before 1601."
Well, duh. Who didn't see this one coming?
'So this morning, as I look into your eyes and into the eyes of all my brothers in Alabama and all over America , and over the world, I say to you, 'I love you. I would rather die than hate you.' "
From the page: "So for instance, one thing that窶s highly correlated with accuracy of forecasting is fame. But it窶s inversely correlated: the more famous you are, the more you窶re likely to be wrong. When you think about it, that makes sense. Being famous in this context means being a talking head, and these people are rewarded for being completely black-and-white and bombastic 窶" hardly qualities that are conducive to accuracy. "
From the page: "If you are from a region that was significantly settled by Scots-Irish who brought with them the kind of honour code that comes from a rural society that kept cattle, in those regions the rate of honour-related reasons (you flirted with my wife and such) are much higher than in other parts of the United States."
From the page: "When this sort of thing happens, it is important to remember that about 5 percent of our population is and always will be totally crazy. "