Tuesday, December 18, 2012

More Great Gift Ideas at Curious!

Last week, we introduced a new section of collectable books at Curious. They are all examples of undressed calf (or suede) bindings. This style was popular during the latter part of the 19th century, and the materials, though unique and beautiful, were difficult to work with and decayed rapidly. Here are just a few examples out of the dozens in our store:

Longfellow's The Song of Hiawatha: $14.95

Title page

Beautiful title lettering!

Thoughts from Robert Browning: $12.95 (SOLD)

This volume is from a Miniatures series, and measures only about 2.5 by 3.5 inches!

Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson: $12.95 (SOLD)

Title page with illustration plate

The Story of a Passion by Irving Bacheller: $14.95

Title Page

Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving: $125

This edition was published by the Roycroft group, an artisan collective from the early 20th century which helped form the Arts and Crafts movement in the United States

Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning: $14.95

One of Browning's most famous poems, Sonnet 43

Although the title of the book insinuates that the poems are not Browning's personal work, they are all originals. Browning was hesitant to publish these highly private pieces, so she decided to imply that she had simply translated them.

The Poetical Works of Alfred Tennyson: $14.95

Beautiful embossed detail on the front cover

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