Newest “Bibliofestoonery” Website

British Library book ornament example

The British Library has created a searchable blog that displays randomly-selected examples of a million (!) nifty illustrations and ornaments from the Library’s vast and venerable book collection.

We’ve posted a permanent link to “The Mechanical Curator” on the Atlanta Booklover’s Blog’s “Bibliofestoonery” page so you can find it quickly later on.

You’re welcome.

Found via an email from the Atlanta Friends of the Alphabet’s Carol Gray; she found it at the calligraphy blog Painted Speech


A Delightful Romp through Pinterest’s Bookish Boards

Girl at Bookshelf imageOver at the always-fabulous Book Riot, Becky Cole has assembled links to  (and helpfully described) 15 collections of bookish images created by bookloving users of the wildly popular – and image-collection site – and notorious time-sink – Pinterest. Readers of Becky’s post provide links to several additional bookish Pinteret collections.

Thank you, Becky, for steering your fellow booklovers toward many hours of pleasant wallowing in such photogenic bibliophilic pastures!

Found posted to Facebook by Eat Sleep Read



Gorgeous Old Book Illustration of the Day

This marvelous watercolor is from a mid-19th Century French-language book advertised for sale by Joslin Hall Rare Books, a Northampton, Massachusetts bookseller whose website is replete with visual treats like this.

Click on the “Bibliofestoonery” tab at the top of this page for portals to other sources of “eye candy” for booklovers.

And please let us know of other websites we need to add to those links by clicking on the “Leave a Comment” link at the bottom of this blogpost.

Gorgeous Illustrations from Old Books

The New York Public Library is among the throngs of institutions who are busily digitizing the innards of their antique books.

Now you don’t have to travel to New York to peer into these wonderful tomes!

We’ve just added a link to this website to the others we’ve assembled at Bibliofestoonery (one of the tabs at the top of this blog).

After poking around among the images (in over 3,700 categories!) available at NYPL, click on the “Leave a Comment” link below to let us know of other online treasure troves of beautiful book images you’ve discovered in your travels around the Internet, and we’ll promtply add them to Bibliofestoonery.

Found via the Librarians’ Internet Index