From time to time, someone will bring old books to Urban Relics for consignment. The stack on the right in this image are a five volume set by William Thackeray c.1899. They are much too precious to break up the set! Bindings are leather with embossed designs and gold leafing. Pages are of the finest papers. Illustrations are magnificent. Textblock edges are exquisitely marbled. And the stories are as precious as the elements of the books themselves.
A new artform has gained popularity in the past few years — altered books or altered pages. A lovely example is the image top left — of A Midsummer Night’s Dream tableau in an old book. The artist is Susan Hoerth, who refers to her craft as Book Sculptures. Seeing the new life for an old book in these images by Hoerth is inspiring to the artist looking to create cards, paintings on pages, book sculptures … and more.
You’ll find books tucked into the displays all over the store.
They are hard to resist.