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sábado, 30 de janeiro de 2016


Mindell Dubansky, the longtime preservation librarian at the Metropolitan Museum , has a collection of 600 fake books made from stone, wax, straw, wood, soap, plastic, glass and other materials. Her romance with fake books began two decades ago at a Manhattan flea market. She has a term for them: “blooks,” short for “book-look.”

Some 200 items from her collection went on display on Thursday at the Grolier Club in Manhattan, where they will remain through March 12. The exhibition, “Blooks: The Art of Books That Aren’t,” appears to be the first of its kind in the United States.

The Grolier Club, which calls itself after the great French bibliophile Jean Grolier (1489/90-1565) was founded in 1884  "to foster the study, collecting, and appreciation of books and works on paper, their art, history, production, and commerce". It is situated at 47 East 60th Street, New York City (between Park and Madison Avenues).

It is a pity I had never heard of this club before. What a beautiful surprise gift it would have been to my husband  to visit the place when we lived only 3 hours away from Manhattan...

'Blook' madness: inside the world of 'bogus books' (The Guardian)

Mini suitcase bar. The bottles have the shape of books. Simon Bolivar Museum

A Miniature book stand we bought in Venice, Italy 

Books are very important in my family. Even the curtains of our small library in Lisbon is decorated with books.


Blooks: The Art of Books That Aren’t’ Explores the World of Fake Books By JENNIFER SCHUESSLERJAN for The New  York Times  JAN. 28, 2016

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