English author Virginia Woolf was considered one of the greatest modernists of the 20th century. Woolf was born in London as Adeline Virginia Stephen by parents Julia and Leslie Stephen, a notable author, historian, and mountaineer. Her parents home-schooled her in a household of three children from three marriages total, as both parents had been previously married and widowed. Leslie’s prominence […]
Deep in the southern Vermont countryside, you will find an ornate Italianate villa simply packed with sumptuous books worthy of any collector’s bookshelf. Welcome to Raptis Rare Books and the world of husband-and-wife bookselling team Matthew and Adrienne Raptis.
Matthew and Adrienne specialize in fine first editions, signed and inscribed books, and books that are quite […]
Vellum refers to parchment made from calf skin that can be found on old and rare books. Very old Bibles were printed on it, and so was the Declaration of Independence. Vellum is not like calf leather in that it is not tanned, but it does vary in softness and smoothness based on the quality of […]
Books. Am I right?
They help you sleep at night.
They open doors to new worlds.
Doors you didn’t even know were there to be opened.
And sometimes windows too.
They light up the mind.
And create a foundation of knowledge.
And after all, knowledge is power.
Books answer life’s greatest questions.
The more you read, the more you keep reading.
Some might even say […]
I came across the following lengthy, but quite humorous list today of signs that you might be a bibliophile and I had to share it here. The person who wrote this is surely a bibliophile themselves. I hope you find this as amusing as I did.
1. You actually completed an English degree.
Only a true bibliophile […]
Last week I was at a bookstore and picked up a book titled, The Quest of Happiness by Newell Dwight Hillis. I opened the cover and saw that the bookstore owner had written a price of “$Free. Enjoy!’ What a great thing to find that the quest of happiness is free. The title is […]