The Hang Fire Books Blog

The rantings of a bookdealer in Brooklyn, New York.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Friday Linkage

Designer/Blogger Michael Newhouse and the proprietor of Windy Hill Books left comments on one of my old posts about Young People's Records perhaps identifying the mystery artist of this charming record cover:

Abe Ajay is the often unsigned artist of the majority of the YPR And CRG covers, according to the book Revolutionizing Children's Records by David Bonner. Bonner has a blog here.
Bonner's book looks like a fascinating reference on this storied series of records--which recorded talents like Raymond Scott and Groucho Marx--and came under the eye of Joseph McCarthy. Must read more.

Engraver, bookplate artist and blogger, Andy English shows off his designs for the Oak Tree Press limited edition of Philip Pullman's A Outrance ("To The Death") a lost chapter from the Golden Compass series.

Looks like a stunner. Sign up for an email publication notice here.

And collection development blog The Private Library explains why a pile of well-preserved science fiction paperbacks is more bibliographically valuable than "fine press publications, printed on handmade paper using hot metal type, bound in full Niger goatskin or similar materials, with no title having been produced in more than 100 copies"...and therefore more worth collecting and buying.

Seems obvious to me but it's a good argument.

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