Once & Future

Charlotte Ashley – Book seller, collector, writer, editor, historian

April 22, 2010

The Culmination of a Long-ish Search

A while ago I made a rather un-grammatically-titled post on the subject of pretty books, which you can find here.  In the year since then I’ve been visiting these artists’ websites religiously, waiting patiently for the volume destined to be mine.  Almost one year to the day after my search began, it has ended.

Meet my new fancy-purse. The volume is, in case you can’t make out the spine, The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas,  under the imprint of the “International Collector’s Library”, from Doubleday.  The original book was  one of those cheap reprints designed to look good if you don’t look too closely; apparently the interiors were quite cheap.  But no fear – the interiors here have been stripped and replaced with a vintage Liberty of London print.

Needless to say it will be accompanying me to all my fancy-dress parties from now on.  I now owe a huge debt of gratitude (my huge financial debt being paid) to Caitlin Phillips at Rebound Designs for making me the coolest book nerd on the block.

6 thoughts on “The Culmination of a Long-ish Search”

  1. Sheryl Kirby says:

    Saw her stuff at One of a Kind at Christmas. Swooned, but couldn’t afford one. She only had a few made from cookbooks… you just made me want one again.

  2. Nathalie Foy says:

    Gorgeous! I have purse envy. I have a great little clutch made from an old book with the title, “Not Like Other Girls.”

  3. Steph says:

    Ohhhh. I have purse envy too. I always check out her site. The problem is, I can’t decide which I want!

  4. Steph says:

    Since I’m a copyeditor, the Chicago Manual would be kind of funny. But not as fun.

  5. tmso says:

    That is gorgeous, and now I’ll have to get one, too! 🙂

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