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Readers would be hard-pressed to find a better point of entry into the imaginary world of Christopher Robin, Pooh Bear, Piglet, Roo, Rabbit and Eeyore than this splendid endpaper map of the “100 Aker Wood,” drawn by Ernest Shepard for A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh.
July 16, 2015
Mention the author and illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans, and most people think of his yellow-hatted heroine, Madeleine. Perhaps less well known is a book he wrote only two years before Madeleine’s debut, The Castle Number Nine.
June 25, 2015
When Anthony Trollope began writing the last Palliser novel, The Duke’s Children, he made swift dispatch of a much-loved character in the series: Lady Glencora, Duchess of Omnium.
June 18, 2015
That ingenious gentleman from La Mancha, familiarly known to readers as Don Quixote, was introduced to the world by Miguel de Cervantes y Saavedra in 1605. Francisco de Robles purchased the rights to publish the book, and Part I appeared for the first time in print in Madrid early that year.
June 4, 2015
Marbled endpapers, like these that line the covers of a twentieth-century fine-press edition of Keats’s letters, sometimes can stand as works of art in their own right.
May 28, 2015
On September 4, 1893, Beatrix Potter sent a letter to five-year-old Noel Moore. The little boy was the son of her friend and former tutor, Annie Moore, and Potter wanted to lift his spirits.
May 20, 2015
One of the great delights of working inside the iconic Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, designed by Gordon Bunshaft and completed in 1963, is that no matter where one looks, there seems to be some deeper meaning nested in the building’s design and architecture. The semi-transparent marble “windows” are one of the most obvious charms, a symbol for the scholarly endeavor that is hard to miss.
May 14, 2015


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