My Bookish Valentine

Just returned from a wet weekend of book-buying in Oakland, at the California International Antiquarian Book Fair, to a frozen week of book-cataloguing here in Brooklyn. New acquisitions are up every day now at Honey & Wax.

Do you need a complete set of embossed Shakespearean valentines, circa 1907, for this weekend? Probably. Pick them up here.

Or come see the new books for yourself next weekend at the Greenwich Village Antiquarian Book Fair, February 20-22!

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Holiday Gifts, Part Two

And in happy local news: this Saturday, December 6, jump-start your holiday shopping at the Third Annual Brooklyn Holiday Book Fair, featuring rare, vintage and out-of-print books from independent booksellers all over Brooklyn.

Cara Schlesinger of Faenwyl Bindery will run an all-ages bookmaking demonstration at 12 PM. And at 2 PM, the brilliant Maira Kalman will be on hand to sign her new book, My Favorite Things, a tribute to the power of special objects, and the ideal holiday gift for the collector (or hoarder) on your list.

Hope to see you all Saturday!

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Holiday Gifts, Part One

Just home from a packed, rushed expatriate Thanksgiving in London, where I spent 72 hours shopping for holiday gifts (yours, mine, everyone’s) and restocking the Honey & Wax shelves. Keep an eye on the website as the new books arrive!

VF CoverOn the flight home, I settled in with Vanity Fair’s 2014 holiday gift guide, featuring our signed variorum edition of Yeats.IMG_2276Honey & Wax: standing by, for all your seasonal poetry needs.

Following Honey & Wax

One of my new year’s resolutions has come to pass, a mere eight months into 2014. You can now follow Honey & Wax on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram:

Facebook: facebook.com/honeyandwax

Twitter: @honeyandwaxbks

Pinterest: pinterest.com/honeyandwax

Instagram: honeyandwaxbks

All Honey & Wax, all the time, on these four platforms.

No kids or cats will be posted, unless they are bookish and/or for sale.

Instagram’s probably the best. Seriously. Check it out:

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Bibliocraft!

If you work with rare books in New York City, chances are you’ve crossed paths with Jessica Pigza, dedicated rare book librarian at the New York Public Library and DIY style icon. Jessica just published a terrific new book, Bibliocraft: A Modern Crafter’s Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects (Abrams, 2014).BiblioCraft-Cover

When Jessica asked Honey & Wax to partner on a bibliocraft night in Brooklyn, there was no way I could say no.

We mined the Honey & Wax shelves for images that would inspire a simple, striking craft: hand-embroidered notecards. Park Slope’s Community Bookstore provided the space, Jessica provided the materials, and everybody got to work:

Bernard Picart's New Drawing Book of Modes (1732).

Bernard Picart’s New Drawing Book of Modes (London, 1732).

Manuscript embroidery pattern book by Mary Clark, circa 1812.

Manuscript embroidery pattern book by Mary Smith Clark (Devonshire, circa 1812-1820).

The Martha Washington Doll Book (1945).

The Martha Washington Doll Book (1945).

 

This or That? (Edinburgh, 1947).

This or That? (Edinburgh, 1947).

Louis Slobodkin's Thank You -- You're Welcome (New York, 1957).

Thank You — You’re Welcome (New York, 1957).

Jessica at the helm!

Jessica at the helm!

Bibliocrafters at work on their embroidery.

Bibliocrafters at work on their embroidery.

Bibliocrafters at work on their pie.

Bibliocrafters at work on their pie.

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The finer points of the backstitch.

Two Heathers, two embroidered cards featuring 18th-century French hand gestures.

Two Heathers, two embroidered cards featuring 18th-century French hand gestures.

How to pass a note, Versailles-style. Which of you will be the lucky recipient? Visit Jessica Pigza at handmadelibrarian.com to learn more!

How to pass a note, Versailles-style. Which of you will be the lucky recipient? Visit Jessica Pigza at handmadelibrarian.com to learn more!

Telegrams: “Bookman,” Edinburgh

Found inside a secondhand book over Easter weekend: a mid-century bookmark from James Thin, Edinburgh bookseller and stationer. Muriel Spark wrote all her novels in 72-page notebooks from James Thin. If you remind me, this comes free with your next Muriel Spark order from Honey & Wax. Telegrams: “Bookman,” Edinburgh — boom. Thin2