1. erikkwakkel:

    Shooting at books

    Books and wars do not mix well. Riddled with bullets, the lovely brown volume you see here was nearly fatally shot. It is a survivor of the siege of Monte Cassino abbey, which took place in 1944. The abbey’s strategic location, on top of a mountain near Rome, made it of vital importance for both the German and allied forces. The battle that ensued levelled the monastery and parts of the town beneath it (more about it here). While the oldest books were rushed out of the abbey’s ancient library right before the battle began, all those from after 1800 had to remain behind. When you look at the post-battle images of the abbey, like the one above, it will be no surprise to hear that many of the ones left behind were damaged or lost (70,000 books were destroyed). Over fifty years later, some of them are still patiently waiting to be repaired, including this shell-shocked brown volume with the gaping bullet hole.

    Pic: taken from this article about the restoration of the books from Monte Cassino, Check out this blog I wrote about my visit to the abbey.

     
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  3. divisionleap:

    Maclise, Angus. Year. NY: Dead Language Press, 1961. 

    An early book from Piero Heliczer’s Dead Language Press, and my favorite book by Maclise -  a shamanic ordering of days which became an important organizational structure for Maclise and other members of the Theatre of Eternal Music. 

    From new arrivals at Division Leap. More information here. According to Maclise, catalogued on The Day of the High Road. 

     

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    via Kottke

     
  5. michaelmoonsbookshop:

    Mid 19th century leather bound book with gilt edges and gauffered (patterned) detailing 

    London 1848 - binder unknown

    (via txescu)

     
  6. smithsonianlibraries:

    Happy 25th Internet! To celebrate, we’re doing Throwback Thursday a day early.
    Behold, the Smithsonian Libraries website through the ages. Our first website went up in 1995, when the Internet was a wee bairn of 6.
    Thanks to the Wayback Machine for this trip down memory lane.

     
  7. radicalarchive:

    'The Battler', Socialist Workers Action Group, Australia, 1975.

     

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  9. michaelmoonsbookshop:

    Rare and unusual white leather binding with red leather panel [not vellum] Milton’s Paradise Lost 1751

    sadly now scuffed and worn - with loss to the label and gilt detailing

    (via shadowtobabylon)

     
  10. houghtonlib:

    Quarteroni, Domenico. Trattato della fortificazione : manuscript, 1728.

    MS Typ 255

    Houghton Library, Harvard University