Reader, Writer, Reviewer

Just for Fun – Fine Books & Collections

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I got my most recent Fine Books and Collectible newsletter a few days ago, and there are some cool articles I’d like to highlight.

First off, Swann is now offering a department of vintage writing instruments (update: link fixed!).  I like a heavy, quality pen any day, and one of my favorites is my Parker fountain pen.  And other famous writers have held their writing utensils in reverence:

 Plath used a Schaeffer fountain pen, Nabokov a Montblanc (when he wasn’t using pencil), Mark Twain a Conklin. Hemingway is connected with Montegrappa, Montblanc, Esterbrook, though he preferred pencil…

I’m a sucker for illuminated manuscripts, the older the better.  And in Hebrew! A product of, Florence, Italy from 1490.  I’m getting weak in the knees:


The manuscript goes to auction on May 11 in Paris and is expected to bring $540,000-800,000.

Only Snoop would make a smoke-able book out of rolling papers…

 Got the lyrics for “Gin and Juice” memorized?  Great, now you can rip those pages out and smoke up.  As an extra bonus, the spine has a built-in matchbook striking surface. Snoop’s got you covered in case you forgot your matchbook (but remembered your match).

Author: Julie Merilatt

I live in a Chicago suburb with my husband and a house full of books. Book collecting, reading, and reviewing consume my life. I have a special affinity for all things Alice in Wonderland. I began my education at Carthage College, wanting to be an English teacher. Eventually I decided that Carthage and I weren’t a good fit anymore, so I transferred to North Park University, where I realized I didn’t want to be a teacher. So I finished my education with a degree in English with a writing concentration. I was always a voracious reader and wrote my first review in April 2007. I don’t remember why exactly I decided to write a review, only that I had just finished The Agony and the Ecstasy and had a strong feeling that I needed to express how I felt about it. This inspired me to write reviews about each book I wrote and after posting on Amazon for two years, I was invited into the Amazon Vine program. I am also an active reviewer/member of Goodreads and enjoy being an active member of the online book community.

One thought on “Just for Fun – Fine Books & Collections

  1. What a beautiful book that must be.

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