Top 1000 Books Pictures

ancient tome, beautifully weathered

I’d be curious to know when book binders started being able to make the edges of all pages even. Most of my older leatherbounds have edges like you see above as opposed to down where it’s completely flat.

Austrian National Library

How weird. I read it as Australian as well. I think it has to do with the brain sweeping over Austrian, and adding the “Na” from national in reverse order and “L” from library. Or somesuch.

Old second edition of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy I got from my parents

No worries. And FYI, the edition of a particular book is only part of the equation when it comes to valuing modern firsts. The impression (i.e., the printing) matters a great deal, as does condition. For example, [here]( is a set of UK first

I finished my first book order

Now *they* are some gorgeous-looking books! I’ve been really tempted to have a go at book binding myself, but so far I’ve only done some really amateurish custom covers for paperback books, and largely for my own amusement


This is a book sculpture in the Quarry Park in Shrewsbury during the Shift Time Festival- taken on [July 5th, 2009](

My book collection

I couldn’t agree with you more! How I wish I could buy more of my books in smaller sizes. So many English language publishers seem to think that big is better. (Maybe they think that if it takes up more shelf space in the

Central library of the University of Coimbra, Portugal.

University of Coimbra was established in 1290, it is one of the oldest universities in continuous operation in the world, the oldest university of Portugal, and one of its largest higher education and research institutions. ( This is the outside of the Library :

I also recently got a copy of 1984

There are two “first editions”. A red cover and a green cover. One U.S. One UK. There are subsequent second and third printings of the first editions as well. A good accompaniment to this is the 1984 facsimile edition. It’s a glorious tome
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