Tiddley-Bits tea

Tiddley-Bits tea

Thursday, 29 September 2011

{quotable thursdays}

{view of the Bodleian Library at Oxford, 1675. via museo magazine}

"Librarians arrange books next to each other; they set limits on the numbers of books one can have, the hours in which one can have them, and the things one can do to them. Readers, by contrast, try to find new connections between apparently unrelated texts and to see more books than the rules allow; they write in the margins & tear out individual pages or steal whole books. Interesting meanings are constructed where the two interact; but their simultaneous presence always implies a struggle."
                                     —Anythony Grafton. Commerce with the Classics: Ancient Books and Renaissance Readers. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 1997.

{via Love of Fair}
{via lulu}
{via pinterest with no original source}
{via pink and green owl}

{via joe enge}
{I love how Renaissance readers always felt the need to add these little hands pointing to important aspects of the text. via libraries-claremont}

Here's a great image of some retro librarians:
{via mhp books}
{knitted fresh daily via pinterest}
so...what are you waiting for? go & take out a book! & not off the visual bookshelf (the internet) but get into a library & feel the solid, weighty thing in your hand & smell the woody leaves of paper. Sign it out & interact with the text. Now go!
ps: thanks to my Mum & Dad for reading to me every night before bed, to my Auntie Dorothy for making sure we were well-supplied with books, and my Dad for keeping a well-stocked and easily accessible library.

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