Saturday, April 27, 2013

Featured: Umberto Eco's The Three Astronauts





Umberto Eco, The Three Astronauts
Illustrated by Eugenio Carmi
Hardcover
(out of print)

One of Eco and Carmi's three picture books, originally published in Italy in the 1960s. The English translation is long out of print.









This book, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Featured: Charlotte Zolotow's Sleepy Book





Charlotte Zolotow, Sleepy Book
pictures by Bobri
Hardcover 
(out of print)


...favorite amongst the many arrivals this week!




This book, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

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Philadelphia, PA 19147

215 592 1207

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Sunday: 11am to 6pm
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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Featured: How Things Work





 How Things Work
4 Hardcover Volumes
out of print

Not to be confused with David Macaulay's wonderful children's book, The Way Things Work, this is a translation of the German Wie funktionert das? Entries, with diagrammatic illustrations, for everything from lightbulbs and the design of highway intersections, to blast furnaces and bicycle pedal brake systems.


















 These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

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215 592 1207

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Featured: The Six Books of Euclid






The First Six Books Of The Elements Of Euclid

Illustrated by Oliver Byrne

Hardcover with booklet in clamshell box, 396 pages

"This facsimile is so rationalist, minimalist and aesthetically pure, every graphic designer, book lover and math nerd will be as awestruck as I was."
— New York Times



"Red, yellow, blue – and of course black – are the colours that Oliver Byrne employs for the figures and diagrams in his most unusual 1847 edition of Euclid, published by William Pickering and printed by Chiswick Press, and which prompt the surprised reader to think of Mondrian. The author makes it clear in his subtitle that this is a didactic measure intended to distinguish his edition from all others: "The Elements of Euclid in which coloured diagrams and symbols are used instead of letters for the greater ease of learners." Byrne is not content to trust solely in the supposed intuitive "logical" structure of Euclid’s axioms and theorems – who doesn’t know the first famous sentences of Euclid’s Elements: "I. A point is that which has no parts. II. A line is length without breadth"? –, but translates them into colourful diagrams and symbols. He thereby thinks in terms of the school classroom: he compares his colours to the dyed chalks in which figures are drawn on the blackboard.

Oliver Byrne (c. 1810–c. 1880) was an Irish author and civil engineer. Little is known about his life, though he wrote a considerable number of books. As Surveyor of Her Majesty’s Settlements in the Falkland Islands, Byrne had already published mathematical and engineering works, but never anything like his edition on Euclid. This remarkable example of Victorian printing has been described as one of the oddest and most beautiful books of the 19th century.
" -Taschen


 
Each proposition is set in Caslon italic, with a four-line initial, while the rest of the page is a unique riot of red, yellow and blue. On some pages, letters and numbers only are printed in colour, sprinkled over the pages like tiny wild flowers and demanding the most meticulous alignment of the different colour plates for printing. Elsewhere, solid squares, triangles and circles are printed in bright colours, expressing a verve not seen again on the pages of a book until the era of Dufy, Matisse and Derain." -Taschen






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Sunday, April 21, 2013

Featured: Two Great Covers








Matthew Lewis, The Monk
Cover by Roy Kuhlman
Grove Press, Paperback






Carson McCullers, Reflections In A Golden Eye
Cover by Alvin Lustig
New Directions, Hardcover




These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Featured: Clowns!










Great vintage kiddie menu from Wanamaker's. Apparently there was a day when kids would eat sweet relish.



 




Flaming circus tent, screaming clown, shrieking black bird, and the Douglas Sirk-like title. Hard to imagine the interior living up to the cover.




These, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Featured: Christina Ramberg






Christine Ramberg: Drawings

Paperback

Wonderful catalog of drawings by Chicago Imagist Christina Ramberg. Printed on an assortment of paper stocks, including transparent vellum. 


















This book, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

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Event: The Hugely Popular Poetry Series


Saturday, May 4th, 7 pm
at
Brickbat Books

The Hugely Popular Poetry Reading Series Presents:

Jean Day
Laynie Browne
Amelia Bentley


  

Jean Day has published six books of poetry, most recently Enthusiasm: Odes & Otium (Adventures in Poetry, 2006). Sections of her newest work, Late Human, have appeared in Try!, Cambridge Literary Review, and Sal Mimeo. She lives in Berkeley, where she works as managing editor of Representations, an interdisciplinary humanities journal published by the University of California Press.





Laynie Browne is the author of nine collections of poetry and two novels.  Her most recent publications include: a novel, The Ivory Hour (Spuyten Duyvil, 2013), and a collection of poems, Roseate, Points of Gold (Dusie, 2011). Recent editorial projects include a collection of writings celebrating the life and work of poet Stacy Doris on http://www.thevolta.org/. She is co-editor of I’ll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women (Les Figues Press, 2012).





Amelia Bentley studied Philosophy and Poetry at Evergreen State College. She currently lives and works in West Philly. She is the e-book coordinator for Copper Canyon Press, Assistant editor for Jacket2 Reissues, and volunteer series editor for Ubuweb. A few poems, recordings and announcements can be found here:speakwright.wordpress.com

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Featured: Paul Klee




Pedagogical Sketchbook
Paperback (out of print in the U.S.)







The Thinking Eye: The Notebooks Of Paul Klee, Volume One
Hardcover (missing dust jacket, but a solid copy)
scarce




These books, and thousands of others, can be purchased from:

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215 592 1207

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