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Old 03-05-2010, 09:49 AM   #1
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BibliOdyssey is a sweet blog, mostly images of old book-related treasures. Today it shows some incredible book covers, some ancient, some relatively recent, from a show in Holland.

Older posts include such visual pleasures as the Dresden Codex, showing pages from the Maya civilization; the War Book, a collection of military images from 1496; incredible old Japanese toys; a captivating collection of 1930 airbrush art by E. McKnight Kauffer: The World in 2030 A.D.; and much more.

It pays to poke around the site. The right-hand column has a list of categories near the top. If you scroll down, you will find a drop-down list of archived posts by date, as well as sample illustrations from old posts (which seems to show up at random, or only on very long posts).

There is also an “emporium,” which can easily lead the susceptible to buy one (or more) of glorious old books (or their reproductions) from links to booksellers.

The author, Peacay, from Sidney — modestly refers to himself as the curator of the site.

What a treat this place is.

   
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Sooo beautiful...'-}

Did you see the Van Gogh Letter Sketches? Fabulous!

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Did you see the Van Gogh Letter Sketches? Fabulous!
No, I missed those, and you’re right — they are gorgeous.

That site is a wonderful feast for the eyes.

   
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He also has a link to the Van Gogh Museum site that has all the Van Gogh letters, organized by period, correspondent, locale, with the sketches, and with English translations of the Dutch text.

Another fabulous place to spend some time.

   
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I was fascinated to see his sketches/drawings and to see the development in them of what I think would be considered his line style...just wonderful to look at and read...'-}}


>>That site is a wonderful feast for the eyes.

Yes! Thanks so much for finding it...


>>He also has a link to the Van Gogh Museum site that has all the Van Gogh letters, organized by period, correspondent, locale, with the sketches, and with English translations of the Dutch text.

Yes...I took a quick jump and plan to go back there later...


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A wonderful site, and now bookmarked. It made me feel what I can remember feeling for books as a child. Just seeing the bindings triggers touch and smell memories of being totally absorbed by a special book.

   
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He also has a link to the Van Gogh Museum site that has all the Van Gogh letters, organized by period, correspondent, locale, with the sketches, and with English translations of the Dutch text.

Another fabulous place to spend some time.
As I did on my first visit to Amsterdam many decades ago when the museum was a spiral tower if I remember correctly -- like the Guggenheim? -- and you could walk the history of his life.

I remember one letter to his brother Theo "I think you should buy one of his paintings; it would encourage him" -- written from Paris and about Gauguin I think it was!

Also his collection of Japanese prints that explain much of his paintings in Provence.

   
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