A few pages from the exquisite Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type, Borders, Etc. (1874), a specimen book produced by the William H. Page wood type company. As well as providing over 100 pages of brilliantly coloured type, the book can also be seen, at times, to act as some sort of accidental experimental poetry volume…

See lots more here: http://bit.ly/18i2Sx6

via: publicdomainreview

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publiccollectors:

New book in the Public Collectors PDF Collection!
Winter Tree Finder by Mary Theilgaard Watts and Tom Watts (1968, Nature Studies Guild, Berkeley, CA.).
A thrift store find from a recent trip to Philadelphia. This is a pocket-size guide to identifying deciduous trees in the Winter, when we don’t have leaves to go by and must look at other factors. This little book is designed with a visually pleasing use of two color printing and tons illustrations on every page. The back cover even has a five inch long ruler printed on it for use out in the field.
Click here to download (12.6 meg file) and happy tree spotting!

*adore*

publiccollectors:

New book in the Public Collectors PDF Collection!

Winter Tree Finder by Mary Theilgaard Watts and Tom Watts (1968, Nature Studies Guild, Berkeley, CA.).

A thrift store find from a recent trip to Philadelphia. This is a pocket-size guide to identifying deciduous trees in the Winter, when we don’t have leaves to go by and must look at other factors. This little book is designed with a visually pleasing use of two color printing and tons illustrations on every page. The back cover even has a five inch long ruler printed on it for use out in the field.

Click here to download (12.6 meg file) and happy tree spotting!

via the always rad uispeccoll:

It’s a secret to everybody…

This is one example of a fore-edge painting from a four volume set of scientific books which are divided by season.  Each has a landscape painting of the season hidden until you begin to read it and bend the pages to turn them.

Autumn; or; The causes, appearances, and effects of the seasonal decay and decomposition of nature, 1837. By Robert Mudie.

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Paper makers, bookbinders, or fans of the history of the book you cannot miss this short documentary!  Timothy Barrett, UI Center for the Book professor, papermaker, and 2009 MacArthur Fellow, and his students have been putting historic papermaking methods to the test to see if they could reproduce supposed output of early paper mills.  Lots of great shots of the papermaking process and very interesting findings from their work are explained.