Archive for the ‘Books’ Category


Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

A book of 1000 things, all beautifully illustrated by Anna Kövecses.

One Hundred Scenes of Kobe.

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Full book here. Designed in 1962.


Colour Secrets.

Monday, March 23rd, 2015




Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Two new books on the shelves. A reissued Fredun Shapur classic & a book of type inspired by Meccano. Nice!


Friday, March 13th, 2015

A couple of great books showcasing staircase and gate designs. Niche, but nice.

Science is Strange.

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

A tumblr of scans from science journals dated 1950-1980


Happy Pancake Day!

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Old pancake instructions from 1973. Via Dan Shepelavy.

Old books we saw at markets but didn’t always buy. (2010-2015)

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Updated February 4th 2015. Je ne regrette rien.


Archivo La Fuente.

Monday, January 26th, 2015

The Archivo La Fuente is well worth a visit.


Alphabet antics.

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

A fun handwriting practice book from 1955 which teaches children how to create letters, as well as turn them into animals & characters.

Romanian Logos.

Monday, January 19th, 2015

A selection of Romanian logos from the book ‘Grafica fara computer’. You might also like logos from France, more France, Poland, Scandinavia & the US.


1970s Logos.

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

120 pages of them!

Just your type.

Friday, January 16th, 2015

More typewriter art from a book published in 1975. It features various artists and you can view it all here.


Match made in heaven.

Friday, January 16th, 2015

This morning we found an incredible collection of Japanese & Chinese matchbox labels. Spread over four books. Allow each pdf to load.

Book 1

Book 2

Book 3

Book 4


Letters become Patterns.

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

New on the shelves. A book of 52 patterns inspired by letterforms. Risograph prints in delightful colours.


Vidrieria Cubana; 1971.

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

All images from here.


Shelf appeal.

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Click here for a great collection of Finnish, Estonian & Russian children’s books.

Album du Peintre.

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

More here.

Fir real.

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Festive flora, part of this beautiful old botany book. Via Iain Claridge.


Exciting Christmas Ideas.

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Full book here.

The Christmas Tree.

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Illustrated by Fredun Shapur in 1966.

Awful Library Books.

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Awful Library Books.

Human Logo.

Friday, November 28th, 2014

The 3rd in the logo book series, this time concentrating on icons and marks inspired by people!

Snowflakes; 1863.

Friday, November 28th, 2014

See the whole book here.


Kohei Sugiura.

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Fantastic magazine covers from 1960s Japan. By Kohei Sugiura.