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1947 first edition: The Wild Swan by Ben Hur Lampman



Book Art by  Thomas Allen.


A first edition of Three Hearts and Three Lions by Poul Anderson published by Doubleday in 1961.


The Jefferson Bible

"During the Enlightenment period, religious dogma was seriously questioned. Thomas Jefferson was one of America’s leading critics of Judeo-Christian orthodoxy. 

In one of his many letters to John Adams, Jefferson remarked:

And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerve in the brain of Jupiter. 

When Jefferson ran for the office of U.S. President, he correctly predicted that his opponents would use his writings in an attempt to smear him. In the tumultuous election of 1800, New England’s clergy, along with the conservative Federalist Party, vilified Jefferson as a ‘howling atheist’ and ‘infidel’.

Toward the end of his life Jefferson took Greek, Latin, French and English extracts of the New Testament and cut and pasted together his own version of the Bible. 

His goal was to eliminate what he regarded as distortions in the Gospels. He believed that the New Testament was written by unlearned apostles who often misunderstood Jesus and misrepresented his teachings. Jefferson felt that his edited version of the Bible best expressed the moral code of what Jesus really taught.”

Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet. —Ralph Waldo Emerson


'Veränderungsbewegung II'

Ines Seidel


I got to do an illustration for the New York Times Sunday Review about Diversity In Kid’s Books. Thanks to Alexandra Zsigmond!


Carved book sculptures by Guy Laramee


Raidersofthelostart aka Susan Hoerth - 1: The Land of Fairy Tales constructed from a book called Fairy Land dated 1923  2: Grimm’s Fairy Tales Altered Antique book Pop Up style  3: Repurposed Antique Altered Children’s Book Beauty And The Beast and Other Fairy Tales  4: Altered Art Book Autopsy- The Little Chief, 1879  5: Altered Book Autopsy Birds of A Feather    Altered Books                                                                                                                                                                                                     



Coleen Theisen

"fore-edge painting is a way of hiding a painting on the edge of book so that it can only be seen when the pages are fanned out.”