Category Archives: Cool Books

Czechoslovakian Materials

We have a few Czechoslovakian serials!




Title pages, drawings, etc.




Giant book vs regular book

Some of the books in the collection are so large that they fit only on the bottom sections of the tall oversize shelves.  We have decided to label these as ‘large-os’ as opposed to our general ‘oversize’ tag so they can all go in the same place.

Giant book as compared to a regular 28 cm book.
































I really like this one on old English mansions

Title page.


I'm not sure what this has to do with mansions but I like it.

Another discovery

Early on in cataloging books for the collection, I came across a book by Edith Wharton.   My expertise is not in 

American literature, but when I think of Edith Wharton, I don’t think of house decorations.  It turns out that this was Edith Wharton’s first published book.  She wrote it with a friend who was an architect, Ogden Codman.   They denounced Victorian style interior decoration and advocated rooms based on simple, classical design principles, stressing symmetry, proportion, and balance in the architecture.  The Decoration of Houses was very successful and led to the emergence of professional decorators in a new style.  An earlier edition than is held by the Furniture Library has been digitized by the University of Wisconsin if you would like to examine it for yourself.


A book published in 1767! It even has some really old writing in the back!

They just don't make titles like they used to.

Some handwritten info (relating to one of the previous owners maybe) from the last few pages of the book.

more cool books

A book on glue published by a glue company in 1930: