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Looking to add a little extra wow to your bookshelf or desk, or searching for a nice set of books to gift? Check out the beautiful, creative book covers from Juniper Books. I first discovered their “Read Me” classics set (on the top shelf in their photo above) a few years ago; the set includes works by Dostoyevsky, Hugo, Dumas, and Poe. A few other of my favorites are below, but they have dozens to choose from, including fiction, non-fiction, and children’s books. For a couple of popular series, you can purchase the book jackets alone. They also do custom projects, which look amazing!
I’m so happy to have discovered these pretty bookplates and ex libris medallions from Felix Doolittle. The eye-catching label designs are based on artist Felix Fu’s watercolor illustrations, with varied themes: nautical, equestrian, botanical, musical and, of course, reading and writing. Several, like the “sweet dream” and “favorite things” bookplates, seem perfect for a children’s book collection, and any of them would make a lovely gift for a book-loving friend (or a little treat for yourself). Speaking of treats, their Fall and Halloween collections, including the “nuts for reading” squirrel bookplates, are currently 15% off with code TREAT.
Looking to buy a vintage library card catalog? Craigslist, Etsy, eBay and flea markets are all great places to look. For those searching right now, here are over 20 library catalogs currently for sale on Craigslist and Etsy. Happy hunting!
If you’re in the Austin area, Julie is selling a 30-drawer card catalog: 33″ x 38″ and 47″ tall, and two pull out shelves per side. She shares: “It was in use in the UT library for a while, so it has the normal chips, wear and tear that come with age and college students. I also have a few drawers full of the cards that came with it if those are of interest to anyone.” The photos are of a duplicate card catalog she’s currently using. If you’re interested, you can contact Julie through her original Craigslist ad, or if you post that you’re interested, I will email you directly with her email address.
Barbara is trying to sell 2 library card catalogs in Western Pennsylvania. One is a 60-drawer and the other is a 30-drawer. These are from a university library and are mid 1950s. She has all the brass rods that held the cards in place but they aren’t all showing in the photographs as they’re using the card catalogs to store other items. She says they’re in pretty good shape. If you’re interested, please contact Barbara directly at firstname.lastname@example.org