Rare Book Cataloging

Books and objects found while cataloging at the Library Company of Philadelphia.

Another beauty. (at The Library Company of Philadelphia)

Early book illustrations were printed in highly acidic ink. I often prefer the ghostly transfer image found on inserted guard sheets. This one is from 1849. (at The Library Company of Philadelphia)

I love these decorated endpapers and turn-ins on this Benjamin Bradley bound book from 1847 (at The Library Company of Philadelphia)

an acidic bookmark damaged several pages of this book over 175 years. Kinda heartbreaking, but also a very cool document of time (at The Library Company of Philadelphia)

Good morning, beautiful! Some gorgeous endpapers and turn-ins on this Benjamin Bradley bound Rose of Sharon, 1853

Found in The Souvenir Gallery, a book published 1853

Found in Wayland’s Elements of Moral Science from 1836

A discourse concerning earthquakes… Boston, 1706 (at The Library Company of Philadelphia)

Today’s project: figuring out which books were used as printed waste endpapers in a bunch of early 18th century items. (at The Library Company of Philadelphia)

From the Boston Almanac for 1840 (at The Library Company of Philadelphia)