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This striking Art Deco design comes from the celebrated British bookbinder Sybil Pye (1879–1959), heralded as one of the top female artisans of her time. One of the youngest pre–First World War women binders, Pye was the only binder in...
Andrea sent us the above photo from her visit to the Reading Room at the New York Public Library. She writes: Libraries have always been a sacred space for me. The first time I entered the majestic New York Public...
The luxurious personal prayer book known as the Spinola Hours is one of the most visually sophisticated Flemish manuscripts of the 16th century. We are honoured to feature this unparalleled example of illumination from the J. Paul Getty Museum as...
We're pleased to announce the following additions to the Paperblanks catalogue for Fall 2011: New Collection: Mucha The muted and complex palette of pastel colours and the sensuous, sinuous lines of Alphonse Mucha’s work heralded a novel moment in art history....
The Declaration of Independence stands not only as the founding document of the United States of America but also as a powerful, influential endorsement of self-governance. Indeed, in the nearly 250 years since its appearance, the Declaration’s words have...
Our new Astronomica design highlights the craftsmanship involved in the production of illuminated books. De sideribus tractatus is a 15th-century manuscript copy of De astronomia, a late 1st-century BC treatise on astronomy believed to have been composed by C. Julius...
Instagram and Twitter user katana_na sent us this picture from her recent trip to the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris. She told us the following about the trip and her Glowing Rose journal: This photo was taken in the Luxembourg Gardens...
Paperblanks Stories is a blog series about the origins and stories behind some of our Collections.
Have you ever wondered where the celebrated art of still life painting came from? Before still life emerged, there were illustrators who delicately illuminated handwritten manuscripts with images of plants, fruits, flowers, animals, and insects to add emotional power...
Inside the majestic Château de Chantilly is the Musée Condé, a unique piece of French history that has sat virtually unchanged since opening in 1897. Within its halls lie vast collections of prints, drawings, sculptures and porcelain, as well...