Scrap

While I was sorting last night, I came across an older edition of George Eliot's "A Mill on the Floss." My guess is that it was from the 1870s. Inside I found all sorts of illustrations, but not from the original book. A previous owner had meticulously trimmed and pasted in dozens of illustrations, likely clipped from magazines and newspapers of the era. There were too many to photograph, so I put together a short video:





11 comments:

Rob Zimmermann said...

Have you come across anything like this before? Seems like a very unique way to alter a book. A very cool find :)

Michael Popek said...

Yeah, I actually have a little pile of them.

rossichka said...

Someone's life and soul lie between the pages! Very touching...

Lucie Marie said...

Very inspiring

Sharon Creech said...

How utterly . . .odd. . . flowers and rifles . . .

JLynnPro said...

My reaction was the same as Sharon's: How very odd.

The pictures don't even tell a coherent story.

I love it!

Do you sell those altered books?

Michael Popek said...

I will occasionally throw one up on eBay or something, but they don't generally go for much, maybe $20-40

K. Henderson said...

Looks like these are all images from mail order catalogs. Very cool.

Bob H. said...

You may be interested in this link to a past exhibit at the Folger Library in Washington, D.C. on "extra-illustrated" or "grangerized" books - apparently it was quite popular at one time

http://www.folger.edu/Content/Whats-On/Folger-Exhibitions/Past-Exhibitions/Extending-the-Book/

Veronica Wald said...

It's so funny how illustrations of GUNS are interspersed with the pansies and the tomatoes! What a rich slice of life Forgotten Bookmarks are!

bklynharuspex said...

Thanks, Bob H., for the link to the Folger exhibition on grangerized books. In this example, the book seems to serve merely as an album, with no relation between the images and the text, or indeed among the images, as far as one can tell. Instead, it's just a record of the creator's interests, fixed (apparently) on flowers and firearms, and the occasional chicken.

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