Posts Tagged ‘1879’

December 28

On this day in 1879 the eminent English printer and bibliophile William Blades received from a bookbinder of Northampton a “fat little worm” which had been discovered in his shop in the binding of a very old book. Blades wrote about the creature with the enthusiasm of an entomologist: “He bore his journey extremely well, [...]

April 13

“It is an easy thing to talk about the book—but difficult to find words that will give a true picture of the man. His was a character at once so simple that anyone could come to him, yet of such a nature that he evoked a feeling almost of reverence.” This, the opening paragraph in [...]