Re-Post: The Look of Books

This is the last re-post from my blog “Look What I Found”. It’s about books that are works of art in and of themselves.

Now I have to decide if I will close the blog down, or just let it sit until I can work up a more coherent content curation strategy. I’ll also need more hours in a day.


This Bible from the 1600s, with drawers for storing poisons, was curated on Scoop.it! by Chris Lott. It’s featured on a blog about life in 16th and 17th century England called Shakespeare’s England.

Image of a bible dating to 1600 which contains a secret arsenal of poison.

I wanted to share it on Pinterest, but I didn’t have an appropriately themed pin board. I created a new board and called it Unusual Objects because this book is certainly unusual. I  thought I’d find other unusual objects to pin, so I Googled the words “unusual objects.”  I found some interesting things but nothing as cool as this book, so I decided  to change the name of the board to Unusual Book Binding.

Now I’m on the lookout for examples of books that are funky, weird, artsy, well– unusual. I started my search on Pinterest.

This book, created using a Japanese binding technique, was pinned by Mariel “Maya” to the board  Bookbinding and Handmade Books. It lives on the fourth floor of the Jackson Library at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Book bound using Japanese book binding technique
Found at Books are Fun blog.

This heart shaped book, also pinned by Mariel “Maya”, is supposed to be the oldest Danish ballad manuscript.  It can be found in the The Royal Library Manuscript Department at the National Library of Denmark and Copenhagen  University Library.

danish heart
“Heart Book” Said to be the oldest Danish ballad manuscript.

Check out Mariel’s pin board to see more interesting and artful books, and do a Pinterest search on “bookbinding” to find more.

Mariel "Maya" -Bookbinding & Handmade Books
Bookbinding & Handmade Books

I’ll be adding more to my Unusual Book Binding pin board, so stop by from time to time.

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