Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Harry Clarke

Usually the title Tales of Mystery and Imagination is associated with Edgar Allan Poe, who wrote these famous dark short stories, now an American literature classic. So who’s Harry Clarke then? He was an Edwardian book illustrator and artist and he did a wonderful work illustrating Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination.

Art of the Novella series by Melville House Books

I’ve been searching for a paperback edition of Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville for a while, when recently I found it on the shelves of Hatchard’s, in London. Published by Melville House – as if it was meant to be! To my surprise, I had never heard of Melville House before (and I’ve haunting […]

On White’s Books and the love of fine editions

It’s not very often that a new publishing house arises to offer modern and carefully crafted clothbound books. There are the clothbound Penguin Classics of course, but I’m talking about independent publishing here. Given the state of the book industry, who would be brave (crazy / passionate) enough to launch such a business? Well, White’s […]

Monday Mustard Inspiration

I’ve just read about Dijon (and its mustard) in Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer – which I strongly recommend if you like kind of crazy semi-autobiographical novels. So I thought I’d share a bit of mustard inspiration with you today: Chips poster by illustrator Barbara Dziadosz from Frankie Magazine Coaster from Nya Carnegie­bryggeriet brewery, Stockholm […]

Barley & Hops: The Craft Beer Book

  If you happen to be fond of both beer, and books, here’s a book from publisher Gestalten about which you could be pretty enthusiastic about. Carefully edited by Sylvia Kopp, one of the best beer sommelier (did you know such a cool job existed?), Barley & Hops: The Craft Beer Book is a journey […]

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