Friday, February 21, 2014

All the Frills: Old Timey Books

My area of focus as a historian is early modern England, and early modern Europe more broadly. As you can probably imagine, this was a pretty religiously-minded society – both pre- and post-Reformation (don’t even get me started talking about the Reformation in England, or Reformations more accurately…I’ll seriously go on for like a week). References to scripture and other religious texts appear with great frequency in documents from the period and so I have several bibles and collections of psalms kicking around my home library for use in my research. But my favourite editions are these reproductions of a late medieval illuminated Bible and Book of Psalms. I love me a good timey book, and these ones were gifts from my parents from many, many years ago (both bear dated inscriptions, which I love), so they’re doubly special.

Moving on, here are a few odds and ends that caught my attention this week:


Marie a la Mode said...

Great article on librarians ; ) My cousin works at one in Edmonton, she has her masters in library science and she's very stylish!

LyddieGal said...

I had no idea a clever add campaign is the reason we give diamond engagement rings. Mind blown.

Chic on the Cheap

Annie L said...

I have a thing for old books myself. Love your new layout as well! Happy weekend.
xo Annie
New England Romance

welldressedmaker said...

SEETHING with ENVY. For reals! My thesis and independent studies involved reading lots of religious texts, and it would have been gorgeous if I could see beautiful manuscripts or reproductions!

Marlen said...

Wow, that Bible is a beauty! Every Christmas time I go to Barnes and Noble and buy a classic from their leather bound limited edition books. Have you ever seen them? They're sooo gorgeous! I love collecting books like that :)

xo marlen
Messages on a Napkin

Cee said...

Those books are gorgeous! I'm a sucker for old books, too, particularly language textbooks from the early 1900s. They're just so beautiful to look at!

Kacrates said...

That is a nice set of Psalms with icons, never had one before, usually those seem like museum pieces.

In other words, i think lego should have a universal set for children. Unisex pieces, have you.

Elle Sees said...

hehe the tweets make my chuckle this morning.