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Rare Books Smithsonian Institution Libraries Copyright and Published by Scala in association with Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum


Came across this book at work and as so often happens it led me to some lovely places.  The book itself has illustrations of some very beautifully bound books as well as the simply rare, I didn’t realise the Smithsonian had a collection of rare books, or for that matter an archive library so interesting.  So it led me here…..


 To Collection..

The Doris and Henry Dreyfuss Study Center Library and Archive

The library is a branch of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries and apparently has over 70,000 volumes, some of the collections cover architecture, graphic design, interior design, ornamental patterns,  textiles and jewelry, and include the rare book collection that this book explores.  There is also – which I would love to see – the M. Therese Bonney collection of 4,300 black and white photographs of architecture and design in Paris, 1925-39.

From here I was led to :

To Blog  ..  The Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum’s Design Blog.

I have just spent far to long wandering round this amazing resource for anyone who is  professionally interested in or just fascinated by design at all levels.

Go and explore!


About aalid

Book loving, craft obsessed, retro, library working, slightly geeky female. Probably old enough to know better but refusing to learn, persistantly looking for the aesthetically pleasing in life to cheer up my apparently miserable face! The Mage and Raven is my bookshop - it doesnt exist - except for inside my brain.

3 responses »

  1. Thanks for sharing. I’m basically in love with all things book.

  2. Pingback: What books shall I collect ? An Introduction.

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