As Christmas nears it only seems appropriate to share with you one of the best loved Christmas classics illustrated by one of our most loved illustrators: A Christmas Carol written by Charles Dickens and
This week The Three Musketeers opens at Shakespeare Santa Cruz! To celebrate we are providing a wealth of resources this week for our Public Domain Hour, including an original film, the full two-part text
Next month Shakespeare Santa Cruz will begin it's 2011 season with Comedy of Errors and, in August, Henry IV Part 1. So, for this week's Public Domain Hour we want to share with you our favorite illustrated
The more I see Arthur Rackham's illustrations the more impressed and entranced I become. For this week's Public Domain Hour we are featuring a book we also carry in the store: The Fairy Tales of the Brothers
For this week's Public Domain Hour we feature a remarkable tale by J.M. Barrie (illustrated by Arthur Rackham) about Peter Pan as an infant. Peter is a seven-day-old infant who, "like all infants", used
You may have noticed by now that I am a little bit obsessed with N.C. Wyeth. As I'm writing these posts I am preparing for a trip back East to Philadelphia, once home to Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, and Maxfield
There is no better way to follow Treasure Island than with a book about pirates! Howard Pyle's Book of pirates : fiction, fact and fancy concerning the buccaneers and marooners of the Spanish Main is a
Summer is almost here and it seems only fitting to start the beach season off with two lavishly illustrated island tales. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe and Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson are
The Guardian UK recently did a feature on the illustrations from The Arabian Nights, so we thought as we return to our weekly Public Domain Hour we would start with a collection of downloadable illustrated editions from Walter Paget, Maxfield Parrish, and Edmund Dulac.
For this week’s Public Domain hour we bring you some delightful and FREE music from our friends The Devil Makes Three! This week Daytrotter posted the sessions with The Devil Makes Three, something I have personally been waiting for for a long time. Daytrotter is a studio based in Illinois that records musicians as they pass through the area. The Daytrotter recordings are made with minimal mic’ing, through discrete preamps and with some limiting to the mixing console, where they are printed to 1/4” analog tape running at 15 inches per second (usually BASF 468). The analog master is later transferred to a computer, converted to MP3, uploaded and made available to you for nominal fee of FREE!
Chances are if you are a local Santa Cruz resident, you already know who The Devil Makes Three is… But just in case you’ve missed them over the years, here is a little bit about them! Pete Bernhard, Cooper McBean, and Lucia Torino are The Devil Makes Three, a punk-bluegrass group formed in Santa Cruz, California. The three of them are originally from the east coast, primarily hailing from Vermont. Pete moved west right out of high school with Cooper soon following suit. After first settling Olympia, Washington and playing in an ill-fated band, McBean – who by now had the name of his home state tattooed across his neck – again joined musical forces with Bernhard. In turn, they later teamed with New Hampshire-native and U.C. Santa Cruz attendee Lucia. Since then they have taken the West Coast, especially the Bay Area by storm. You can catch them in Santa Cruz usually twice a year at the Catalyst, or in various other music venues as they tour with their other projects: Pete Bernhard (solo) and Elders.
Okay, so it’s not really public domain, but it IS free!
Every once in a while I look around places like Project Gutenberg aimlessly hoping to find something new and exciting. Working in a bookstore you can sometimes feel like you’ve seen everything out there (even though you know deep down that is impossible). Well, last week was one of those times, and BOY how I was surprised and excited by this find!! There is even a demon of electricity!!
Title: Printing war ration book 2. Glued sheets containing four ration books pass through the cutting machine and come out into single ration books. Weelan Reilly feeds the cutter as Ida Stuart, left, and Isabel Small, check the books and pack them in cardboard containers
Photograph by Edward Gruber
One of the best places to go for public domain material is Project Gutenberg, the first producer of free electronic books. They have over 30,000 e-books available for free download in the United States, including Harper’s Young People, a weekly illustrated magazine from 1879 and 1880. below are a series of some of my favorite images from the editions available on the Project Gutenberg site. You can check them all out here.
Rockwell Kent is an American artist and illustrator, well known for his paintings, book illustrations (Moby Dick), and bookplates. What many people don’t know is that he was also an adventurer. His first book, Wilderness is his account from 1918-19 of adventuring in the Alaskan frontier with his 9-year-old son. Peppered with beautiful illustrations, this book helped support him on his New Hampshire homestead where he worked to complete a series of paintings from the Alaskan wilderness for exhibition in 1920 at Knoedler Galleries in New York
Below you will find the complete book for download or viewing, but you can also pick up a paper copy here at Logos, along with his illustrated edition of Moby Dick, Voyaging, N by E, and The Art of the Bookplate.
A good friend of mine once showed me some images online of Codex Seraphinianus, the visual encyclopedia of an unknown world created by Italian artist Luigi Serafini. Approximately 360 pages, Serafini created the codex during 30 months between 1976 and 1978. The book is filled with beautiful pages of fantastic creatures in an unknown language, and for the first time since it was published it has been released in an affordable format: free. You can find it on the issuu self publishing site where you can view it and download it, for free. Paper, out of print editions of this book usually range upwards of $400, so this is truly a gem. I am really very excited about this.
With the onset of Tim Burton’s film Alice, people seem to be flocking to our store looking for beautiful old illustrated versions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. As a used bookstore, sometimes we can’t always provide the cool old books we would like to. We can only sell you what people sell us. What we can do, is provide you with a nice alternative. Below you will find the first ever film version of Alice in Wonderland and digital copy of the first edition of Lewis Carroll and John Tenniel’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. You can read this online, or download it as a PDF.