Bookshelf of the Week: Hospital book cart, 1928

With Bookshelf of the Week making its welcome return, I thought I'd hit you with something not only vintage but a little quirky too. I'm sure many of you will have already seen this image captured in 1928, but I think it's worth showing again if … [Read more...]

Bookshelf of the Week: La Bibliotèque De La Cité, Lyon

Among many things, the city of Lyon in France is known as the heartland of the trompe l'oeil mural. Take a stroll around the streets, or go for a search on Flickr, and you'll discover the most extraordinary murals adorning many of the buildings. The … [Read more...]

Bookshelf of the Week: Finca Vigía – Hemingway’s Cuban home

It’s no coincidence that I’ve chosen to feature Ernest Hemingway’s former Cuban home, Finca Vigía (literally translated as ‘Lookout Farm’ on account of its commanding views over a distant Havana), for this edition of Bookshelf of the Week. I recently … [Read more...]

Bookshelf of the Week: Real Gabinete Português de Leitura

Built between 1880-1887 and occupying a site in downtown Rio de Janiero, the subject for this edition of BookShelf of the Week is the Real Gabinete Português de Leitura (Royal Portuguese Reading Room). The stunning image of the Real Gabinete … [Read more...]

Bookshelf of the Week: Personal library of Richard A. Macksey

While the subject for this week's Bookshelf of the Week feature may look like an overstocked bookshop, it's anything but the sort. Rather, this is the impressive personal library of retired Humanities professor Richard A. Macksey, housed in his home … [Read more...]

Bookshelf of the Week: Ler Devagar bookshop, Lisbon

For this week's Bookshelf of the Week, I bring you this rather artistic shot from Pedro Ribeiro Simões, of the Ler Devagar bookshop, which is situated in a former factory in western Lisbon, Portugal. As you can see from Pedro's photo, a prominent … [Read more...]

Bookshelf of the Week: A Montaigne-esque personal library

The first person I thought of when I saw the subject for this week's Bookshelf of the Week was Michel de Montaigne, the celebrated sixteenth-century French nobleman, who is credited as being the founder of the modern personal essay. If the man were … [Read more...]

Bookshelf of the Week: Keith Fawkes bookshop

What bibliophile could resist the lure of a bookshop where the weight of books inside is so much that the owner has to take to displaying his stock outside? This is Keith Fawkes bookshop, the subject for this week's Bookshelf of the Week, and it has … [Read more...]

Bookshelf of the Week: Roadside bookstand in Fjærland, Norway

I know my Bookshelf of the Week contributions have been sadly lacking of late, but I hope I can make up for it today with its return, by sharing this wonderful shot of a quaint roadside bookstand located in Fjærland, Norway, that comes courtesy of … [Read more...]

Bookshelf of the Week: Libreria Acqua Alta

It's not unusual to find weird objects in a bookshop (and no, I don't necessarily mean the customers :)), but it perhaps doesn't come weirder than having a gondola slap-bang in the middle of the sales floor, as is the case in the Acqua Alta bookshop … [Read more...]