Observing the Seedling On Whitman’s First Leaves of Grass

By Z. Smith
Friday April 1, 2016

This is the grass that grows wherever the land is and water is

This is the common air that bathes the globe. - “Song of Myself”

 

In 1855, in the small shops and stalls of New York, a slim, tall, elaborately fashioned volume appeared on shelves. The book was void of...

Dust Jackets: A Historical Perspective

Trevor Schwartz
Friday February 26, 2016

 

 

 

Go back a hundred years in the history of the book, and dust jackets were treated with the same care and solicitude that consumers currently apply to candy wrappers. Existing solely for the simple utility they provided, and not considered an actual part of the books they...

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