VABA 2014-15 brochure available online!

For more than thirty years, almost since its inception, the Vermont Antiquarian Booksellers Association has issued a printed guide to member shops. Available throughout the state at member bookshops, chamber of commerce displays and welcome centers, the VABA Brochure, as it is called, has been very popular with native Vermonters and tourists looking for collectible and hard-to-find books

The VABA Brochure is still being published on an annual basis. You can pick up a copy at any member bookshop, or have one mailed to you, free of charge, by contacting Joseph Trenn, the Book Shed, Lake Road, Benson VT 05731. Joe’s phone number is (802) 537-2190, and his email address is bookshed@shoreham.net.

We are pleased to include a PDF of the VABA Brochure here, on the official VABA website. Click on the link below to open and/or download the latest edition. The file will open in most browsers. If you have the Adobe PDF Reader on your computer, you can also right click on the above link and save the file to your computer for offline reading and printing.

http://www.vermontisbookcountry.com/pdfs/brochure.pdf

 

Book Artists in Craftsbury Vermont ~ A Slide-Show

From Tom Twetten at Craftsbury Antiquarian Books:

A follow-up to last week’s Library sale at the Craftsbury Vermont Public Library: [info here on the VABA blog:]

[Amurath to Amurath, by Gertrude Bell: a record of an extraordinary woman traveler going east from Aleppo to Baghdad, on horseback, with a few Syrian assistants. The binding is low Syrian desert hills beneath of large night sky, diamonds imbedded into the leather. Binding by Tom Twetten ]

Last Wednesday a group of book artists and binders gave a talk on book arts and bindings, showing some recent projects and their approaches to design.   The group, all living in Craftsbury, Vermont, include VABA member Tom Twetten, and Carol Ceraldi who had a booth at the last two Burlington VABA fairs to show her book repair and conservation skills,   Also presenting were Kristin Urie, who specializes in delightful children’s books of her watercolors, and Christine McDonnell, who was trained at North Bennett Street School in Boston.  She talked about that training, and illustrated several innovative bindings.

The talk included a slide-show, which was apparently derailed by a power-outage – you can view the presentation here:

Slide-show of some of the book artists’ works here

[you can also get to this link from the Library's "What's Happening" page by clicking on the link in the left sidebar: http://www.craftsburypubliclibrary.org/events/ ]

A few more examples by Tom:

[ Don Etherington's book about his design binding and book conservation career. Binding by Tom Twetten. ]

 [this "spook" binding cloak lifts up to disclose the author's photo.  He is Dick Holm, writing The Craft We Chose, about his career in the CIA. Binding by Tom Twetten. ]

c2013 VABA

Pride and Prejudice at 200

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was published on January 28, 1813 and this bicentenary year has gotten off to a rousing start with an abundance of news articles, blog commentaries, facebook and twitter babblings, and promises of a year filled with festivals, conferences and much more of the above.

Pride & Prejudice 1st edition, 1813

As booksellers our interest is in the printed word and the physical book – I append here with a link to the complete article one of the better photo-essays on the Pride and Prejudice phenomena over the past 200 years, as seen through the various book cover designs, and a great start to collecting – one title, many covers, here just a small sampling of the possibilities:  [this article was posted on Atlantic Wire on January 25, 2013]

“Monday marks the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice — fun fact: the book’s original title was the questionably Skinemax-sounding First Impressions — and the publishing world is awash in versions of the Jane Austen classic with which you might celebrate the monumental event. After all, Austen’s work has been in the public domain for nearly a century. How do you prefer your Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet star-crossed romance? Here’s a selection of covers from years past up through the present; the good, the bad, the jaw-droppingly gorgeous, and a few that pale in comparison to the book’s contents. First impressions are important! Jane Austen memory lane, let’s take a walk down you …”

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A Sangorski & Sutcliffe binding - on Abeooks for $8,303

Vintage Classics, c2000

[Images from Atlantic Wire]

Further reading:

And this is just a smattering of all the chatter on Pride and Prejudice this past week – whatever would Jane Austen have to say about all this! [unfortunate that this is the only novel for which she sold the copyright outright to the publisher....!]

The Peacock edition, illus. by Hugh Thomson, 1895

c2013 VABA News Blog