Category Archives: Publishers’ Bindings Online

A Star is Born: Happy Birthday Mark Twain!

He was born on November 30, 1835, just as Haley’s Comet passed in the night sky. Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, is a true American literary icon, and widely read today just as he was 100 years … Continue reading

Cotton Dethroned!

98 years ago today, on September 3, 1910, the boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis) was first discovered on Alabama soil. The unbelievable devastation the boll weevil caused to cotton crops throughout the South was the catalyst for diversifying agriculture in Alabama, … Continue reading

Covering Christmas: Publishers’ Bindings at The University of Alabama

By: Amy Chen, CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow During the month of December, “Covering Christmas: Publishers’ Bindings at The University of Alabama” will be on display in the lobby of the Mary Harmon Bryant Building and in a case in front of … Continue reading

Favorite Seasonal Publishers’ Binding: Halloween Edition

If Tam O’Shanter’d had a wheel : and other poems and sketches by Grace Duffie Boylan Binding design by Blanche McManus (Signed binding: B.Mc.M) New York, E.R. Herrick, 1898. pba02560, from the Richard Minsky Collection, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library … Continue reading

Happy Belated, Mr. E.A. Poe!

The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe 1893, New York, New York: E. P. Dutton and Company From the Wade Hall Collection of Southern History and Culture and Publishers’ Bindings Online, 1815-1930: The Art of Books The Raven by Edgar Allan … Continue reading

Lincoln on Publishers’ Bindings: Selections from the Wade Hall Collection of Southern History and Culture

Here are just a few of the 19th and early 20th c. books on Abraham Lincoln from the Wade Hall Collection of Southern History and Culture. They are also featured in our ground-breaking collaborative digital project, Publishers’ Bindings Online, 1815-1930: … Continue reading

Margaret Armstrong, Myrtle Reed, and those Purple Books!

Six purple bindings designed by Margaret Armstrong, all from the Minsky Collection at the Hoole Special Collections Library, and all in Publishers’ Bindings Online, 1815-1930: The Art of Books!

Minsky Collection in PBO! From the real to the virtual!

It is a distinct pleasure and honor to announce that the Richard Minsky Collection of 19th and early 20th century publishers’ bindings have been added to Publishers’ Bindings Online, 1815-1930: The Art of Books. This incredible group of books was … Continue reading

Publishers’ Binding: Remembering Cuba (Week) Edition

So last week was Cuba Week at The University of Alabama. Here’s a little Memories of Cuba (Week) binding for you to enjoy…. Memories of Cuba and other poems by Janan Ewan Boston, R.G. Bager, 1908. pba01177, from the Hoole … Continue reading

Sinking Ships and (Relative) Ancient History

One hundred and forty-four years ago, on June 19, 1864, the CSS Alabama was sunk at the end of a fierce naval engagement with the USS Kearsarge off the coast of Cherbourg in France. The Alabama had docked in Cherbourg … Continue reading