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: 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: 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...]

Bookshelf of the Week: Library of the Château de Chantilly

For this week's Bookshelf of the Week I thought I'd return to the grand and impressive once more, and it doesn't get much more grand and impressive than this, the library of the Château de Chantilly, situated in the city of Chantilly in northern … [Read more...]

Bookshelf of the Week: Writer’s Retreat

If I'm being honest, I know absolutely nothing about this week's Bookshelf of the Week, other than it comes courtesy of Bournemouth-based web designer, Ed Merritt. But how could I resist such a fine specimen of integrated bookshelving? Of course, … [Read more...]