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Rare Book Collection at the Museum of Science & Industry

19 Dec


The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago has an incredibly rare book collection on display for the first time ever, but you might need a magnifying glass to read them! Tiny books from the Fairy Castle Library will be the focus of the exhibit’s public conservation project this week. First and only edition, these books include hand-printed versions of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan with custom illustrations and John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.



Book Lover’s Christmas Towels

17 Dec

The Twelve Days of Christmas 100% cotton towels from Expressions.1469799_699591260066231_852614359_n

♪♫ Twelve Grishams Gripping ♪♫

♪♫ Eleven Unfortunate Events Unfolding ♪♫

♪♫ Ten Clancy Heroes Leaping ♪♫

♪♫ Nine Hobbits Dancing ♪♫

♪♫ Eight Plots a-Thickening ♪♫

♪♫ Seven Habits of Highly Effective People ♪♫

♪♫ Six Book Club Meetings ♪♫


♪♫ Four Da Vinci Clues ♪♫

♪♫ Three Chilling King Tales ♪♫

♪♫ Two Green Eggs & Ham ♪♫

♪♫ …and a Potter in a Pear Tree! ♪♫


18th Century Choirbooks

13 Dec







tumblr_mwbvhwxbQq1qicr7ho3_500An 18th century collection of choirbooks at the National Institute of Anthropology and History in Mexico.


Winne the Pooh Bangle

18 Nov


Book Lover’s Candle

17 Nov


Book of Tissue

16 Nov

I’d like to have one of these for my store!1455174_596571707044615_1578571067_nvia

Cute Book Bag

15 Nov

The Bodleian Library. Cheerful book bag decorated with brightly illustrated book covers from the Library’s collection of classic 19th and 20th century children’s books.


The Biggest Book Ever Made

24 Aug

Standing almost 6 feet tall, this is the biggest book ever produced. It takes six people to carry; flipping the page is not an easy task. The Klencke Atlas was made in 1660 as a gift for the English King Charles II by the Amsterdam professor Johannes Klencke. The large maps were meant to be cut out and pasted on the wall.


Open Books Lead to Open Minds

2 Aug


But He Doesn’t Know the Territory by Meredith Willson

5 Jun

One of the things I enjoy most about having a bookstore is when I come across a “treasure.” I found one today. Composer Meredith Willson once described The Music Man as “an Iowan’s attempt to pay tribute to his home state.” In this book, Willson reflects on the ups and downs, surprises and disappointments, and finally successes of the making of one of America’s most popular musicals. His personable writing style and anecdotes make But He Doesn’t Know the Territory an entertaining read for anyone who has seen the play or the movie. My copy is inscribed and signed by the author and his wife, Rini, on the first page and can be found here




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