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The Book of the Painter

How Art Books Came to Be

By Theia Griffin • April 08, 2021

At the beginning of the twentieth century a movement in books arts was beginning to take form and its center was Paris, France. Modern artists began dedicating their attention to art meant for publication as graphic statements and not merely as decorative illustrations to simply accompany text. Their collective aim was to make the book itself a work of art. Take a look at one such rare item from the 1950s we are lucky to have, and learn more about the movement that brought books to the next level.

Literature of the Everyday: The New Journalists

By Theia Griffin • March 22, 2021

A group of writers never fail to capture my interest. They fall within a specific genre of writers now loosely deemed literary nonfiction essayists, journalists, and authors that Tom Wolfe called "The New Journalists" like Joan Didion, Hunter S. Thompson, Truman Capote, and more. Read more to learn about what that means and why it's such a special genre all its own.

Happy Birthday to Seuss!

Celebrating the Work of Theodor Seuss Geisel

By Theia Griffin • February 22, 2021

On March 2, 1904, a boy with soaring and spontaneous imagination was born. His work would go on to touch the lives of children around the world. We're celebrating the birthday of the wonderful Dr. Seuss with a look back at this life and career. Learn about his first book, how he got started, and more and take a peek at some extra-special, vintage copies of his books.

The Modern Library: How a Publisher Helped Make Books More Accessible

"Which of these titles would you like to own?"

By Theia Griffin • January 18, 2021

ThriftBooks Collectibles are special items that are rare, vintage, signed, or otherwise remarkable. This week the Collectibles team wants to highlight a wonderful book publisher imprint called Modern Library. Learn more about the history of "The Modern Library of the World's Best Books" by reading more, and maybe you'll find a new treasure while you're at it.

A History of Morte Darthur

Celebrating Arthurian Legends

By Theia Griffin • December 18, 2020

In 1891, a young artist named Aubrey Beardsley walked into London bookseller Frederick Evans' shop and met J.M. Dent, then a new relatively new publisher. The book dealer and publisher were engaged in a conversation about Sir Thomas Malory's Morte Darthur which at the time was undergoing a renewed popularity...

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