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    • Conservator Andrijana Sajic looks through one of the closets containing
      1 day ago Conservator Andrijana Sajic looks through one of the closets containing binding cloth. Watson's collection spans centuries and styles, so we need a wide range of resources for its conservation.  #bookconservation   #metlibrary   #bookbinding   #closetgoals 
    • Weve been adding thousands of historic MetMuseum images to our
      2 days ago We’ve been adding thousands of historic  @MetMuseum  images to our Digital Collections, like this before-and-after shot of The Astor Chinese Garden Court. Discover more about The Met’s past through these images by visiting http://bit.ly/MetSlides  #beforeandafter   #astorcourt   #chinesegarden   #metmuseum 
    • The cover of this large 45cm 400page trade catalogue from
      3 days ago The cover of this large (45cm, 400-page) trade catalogue from 1885 says it all! Back then, if you were in the market for some of the finest silver-plated ware made in the USA, you could select from hundreds of different styles featured in this gorgeous tome. Or, you could just spend hours admiring all the intricate details on the incredibly well-preserved binding.  #tradecatalogs   #specialcollections   #embossed   #silver   #silverware   #silverplated   #electroplated   #bookbinding   #finebinding   #publishersbinding   #font   #victorianfont   #thatfontthough 
    • Another tiny box from nosbooks! This one is entitled Good
      4 days ago Another tiny box from  @nosbooks ! This one is entitled “Good afternoon Hong Kong!” and is by Chihoi (Taipei, Taiwan: nos:books, 2017). It comes with a slide viewer in the form of an old-fashioned tv and includes 8 spectacular color diapositive slides of Chihoi’s paintings of Hong Kong scenes from the airport to the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the Lion Rock, and the Pak Sin Leng mountain range.  #hongkong   #miniature   #slideviewer   #diapositive   #slides   #tv   #dollfurniture   #tinybook   #littleboxes 
    • One of our newly acquired artist books ClemensTobias Langes Mechachal
      6 days ago One of our newly acquired artist books, Clemens-Tobias Lange’s “Mechachal: Shewa Ber” includes Lange’s photos printed on colorful fabric using an intaglio “chine colle” technique, interspersed with white paper letterpress printed with excerpts of the Bible and Quran.  #artistsbooks   #intaglio   #letterpress 
    • A wide variety of decorative and conservation papers are contained
      1 week ago A wide variety of decorative and conservation papers are contained in the drawers outside of our Book Conservation lab. The striking green paper on view here is Victorian Bible Paper.  #bookconservation   #decorativepaper   #flatfile   #drawer   #librarystacks . The striking green paper on view here is Victorian Bible Paper.  #bookconservation   #decorativepaper   #flatfile   #drawer   #librarystacks 
    • Check out some of the great Latin American books weve
      1 week ago Check out some of the great Latin American books we’ve got out on display in Watson, as discussed in our latest “In Circulation” blog (link in bio)  #incirculation   #latinamericanart   #vitrinedisplay 
    • We are celebrating love in its many forms this Valentines
      2 weeks ago We are celebrating  #love  in its many forms this Valentine’s Day. Artist book Much Loved by photographer Mark Nixon highlights  #teddybears  that have been loved to pieces.  #loveislove   #muchloved   #allyouneedislove   #lovedtopieces   #valentine   #valentinesday   #teddybear   @marknixonstudio 
    • Hippos dancing! Bears at play! Delightful images from Lillustre Dompteur
      2 weeks ago Hippos dancing! Bears at play! Delightful images from “L'illustre Dompteur” by Paul Guigou and Auguste Vimar (Paris : E. Plon, Nourrit et Cie, imprimeurs-éditeurs, 1895). Guigou wrote the text and Vimar created the illustrations for this children’s book about a circus, the animal trainers, and more importantly their animal friends.  #paulguigou   #AugusteVimar   #childrensbooks   #playingbears   #bears   #dancinghippos   #circusanimals   #hippo   #circus   #tutu 
    • Watson Library recently acquired several books from artist Islam Aly
      2 weeks ago Watson Library recently acquired several books from artist Islam Aly, including “Metamorphosis 5”, “Sequence 1”, and “The Square” (swipe through to see all three!). Aly bound the books in Greek and Coptic styles and used laser engraving for the cover titles and images. The cover of “The Square” is engraved with a map of the streets of Cairo, referring to the protests in Tahrir Square in January and February of 2011.  #artistsbooks   #copticbinding   #laserengraving 
    • Book conservator Sophia Kramer shows a repairinprogress on Architecture ou
      2 weeks ago Book conservator Sophia Kramer shows a repair-in-progress on “Architecture ou Art de bien bastir de Marc Vitruve Pollion autheur romain antique” (41.100.498), a 16th century French edition of Vitruvius’ masterwork translated by Jean Martin. This book is being conserved as part of an NYS grant covering work on 96 volumes in the collection of the Met’s Department of Drawings and Prints on Classical architecture published in various countries in Europe between the second half of the fifteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth century.  #vitruvius   #architecture   #bookconservation   #metlibrary   #metonpaper100   #metdrawingsandprints 
    • This 1936 bound volume of Sothebys auction catalogs was recently
      2 weeks ago This 1936 bound volume of Sotheby’s auction catalogs was recently spotted sitting on the hold shelf in Watson Library  #timeless  - nowadays we would never bind such differently sized items together, but it’s a relic from another time.  #sothebys   #auctioncatalog   #soldtothehighestbidder   @sothebys   @sothebysinstitute 
    • We had a great evening last Friday hosting our friends
      3 weeks ago We had a great evening last Friday hosting our friends from  @purgatorypiepress  and the New York Chapter of the American Printing History Association! In addition to displaying wonderful letterpress samples from Purgatory Pie Press and Watson Library’s collection, Purgatory Pie Press founder, Dikko Faust, and artistic director, Esther K Smith discussed wood type designer and manufacturer William Hamilton Page, Esther's reprint of Page’s Specimens of Chromatic Wood Type Borders &c (Rizzoli, 2017), and their own work as Purgatory Pie Press. Purgatory Pie Press makes limited editions and artist books, letterpress printing from real hand-set wood and metal type. One of
    • As any fan of films on the supernatural knows even
      3 weeks ago As any fan of films on the supernatural knows, even fear can have its beautiful, even poignant, moments. These striking images from “Yoshitoshi Tsukioka Ghost Stories of Ukiyo-e” (Kyōto : Seigensha, 2017) are based on the woodblock prints of the Edo artist, Yoshitoshi. They perfectly capture the fleeting moments of nature and the human melancholy in face of inexorable fate.  #ukiyoe   #japaneseart   #japanese   #yoshitoshi   #ghoststories 
    • Wishing for the cheerful colors of springtime? Look no further
      3 weeks ago Wishing for the cheerful colors of springtime? Look no further than these French cartonnage romantique bindings. They are currently being housed by our conservation team and will be ready for viewing soon!  #cartonnageromantique   #pinkandgreen   #pinkandgold   #finebinding   #binding   #floral   #bookspine 
    • Queer Threads Crafting Identity and Community a new addition to
      3 weeks ago “Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community,” a new addition to Watson’s collection, accompanied an exhibition at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in 2014. The book “showcases twenty-nine artists who are moving through the narrow space that is gay or straight, biological or social, craft and fine art and doing so explicitly through their work in fiber and textile.” Swipe to see two pieces included in the book: “Hungry Purse,” 2006 by Allyson Mitchell and “Unicorn Kente,” 2014 by Diedrick Brackens.  #queerart   #queerthreads   #metlibrary   #textileart   #fiberart   #diedrickbrackens   #allysonmitchell 
    • Whats your favorite periodical? Weve got thousands in Watson
      3 weeks ago What’s your favorite periodical? We’ve got thousands in Watson - maybe we even subscribe to your favorite one...search for yours at bit.ly/WATSONLINE  #magazine   #periodical   #serial   #timeout   #timeoutnewyork   @foam_magazine   @timeoutnewyork   @womeninthearts 
    • This precious book LAmi des Voyageurs Travelers Friend was published
      3 weeks ago This precious book, L’Ami des Voyageurs (“Traveler’s Friend”), was published around 1820 and was designed to provide instructive tips, both practical and recreational, to all who traveled for leisure in the early nineteenth century by any means of transportation, including by foot, by horse, by public coach or private carriage, or by water. For more information on this sweet book, check out our blog feature at http://bit.ly/AmiDesVoyageurs.  #tinybooks   #travelguide   #travelguides   #travel   #embroidery   #embroidered   #vintagebling   #pocketmirror 
    • nosbooks knows that good things come in small packages! Their
      4 weeks ago  @nosbooks  knows that good things come in small packages! Their slide viewer entitled “Peep House,” by Son Ni, comes in a tiny box (3 x 4 inches) and includes 8 “adult” themed diapositive slides. They worked with a traditional factory in Germany to develop the slides and build the wee houses.  #miniature   #tinyhouse   #slideviewer   #diapositive   #slides 
    • For those of you looking forward to spring during these
      4 weeks ago For those of you looking forward to spring during these cold winter months, check out these suit fabric samples from spring and summer of 1929. They are found in one of our newly acquired trade catalogs, “All One Price $21.75, Any Two Piece Suit Made to Order” from Scotch Woolen Mills. We love the wool herringbone, and apparently we’re not alone, since it sold out!  #menswear   #menswearmonday   #bespokesuits 
    • This stunning title page comes from Vitruvius Teutsch 32761 a
      4 weeks ago This stunning title page comes from “Vitruvius Teutsch…” (32.76.1), a German book from 1548 and part of The Met’s Drawings and Prints Collection. This book is currently in our book conservation lab being conserved as part of a NYS grant. The grant covers work on 96 volumes, published in various countries in Europe between the second half of the fifteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth century, and illustrates the progressive state of understanding and knowledge about Classical architecture, before the eventual standardization of the text and its translation over the course of the late eighteenth and early
    • Did you know The phrase cool books is used to
      1 month ago Did you know “The phrase "cool books" is used to describe innovative publications published or produced by artists, photographers, designers, curators, and other creatives”? Check out our latest blog to see more of the “cool books” we got in 2017 (link in bio)  #coolbook   #incirculation   #artistsbooks   #bookcover   #faces   #portraitphotography   #portraits   #satoshifujiwara 
    • We recently digitized and added Metropolitan Cats to our Digital
      1 month ago We recently digitized and added “Metropolitan Cats” to our Digital Collections! This 1981 publication showcases dozens of cats from The Met’s collection. The artists featured here are (in order) Félix Vallotton, Currier & Ives, Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, the Master of the Story of Joseph, and Gustave Doré.  #cats   #cat   #catsinart   #catart   #catsofinstagram   #meow   #vallotton   #currierandives   #pussnboots 
    • Seem all a bit surreal to you? Good it should!
      1 month ago Seem all a bit surreal to you? Good, it should! This exquisite magazine, Minotaure, was published by Albert Skira in Paris during the 1930s and included the works of many Surrealists like Salvador Dali, De Chirico, and other greats such as Picasso. The cover and colored plate shown here are by De Chirico; the remaining images are from a folded plate showing a detail from “La Folie des Hommes ou le Monde a Rebours” which accompanied an article by Paul Eluard. Miniature head image is on back cover. All are from issue no. 5 of 1934.  #surrealism   #DeChirico  # #Dali   #minotaure 
    • Library Blog: In Circulation

      In Circulation

      In Circulation features in-depth articles and the latest news about the Museum Libraries' wide range of research activities and comprehensive collection of books, periodicals, electronic resources, and ephemera related to the history of art.

    Filed under: Staff Directory

    Luxuan Liu

    Library Associate, Cataloging

    Luxuan.Liu[at]metmuseum.org
    (212) 650-2436

    Principal Teams: Cataloging, Technical Services

    Languages: Chinese