Some interesting books I've worked on
- A copy of Aurora Australis, in the original packing-crate-and-harness-leather binding. Produced by the members of the British Imperial Antarctic Expedition, led by Ernest Shackleton, while the expedition team over-wintered at Cape Royds on Ross Island in the McMurdo Sound. It's known as "the first book ever written, printed, illustrated and bound in the Antarctic". It's unknown exactly how many copies were produced, because the edition is unnumbered, but it's thought to be no more than 100, the location of less than 70 of which have been accounted for.
- A German-language copy of All Quiet on the Western Front. Goering's personal copy, stolen from his personal library by a French soldier.
- A Civil War album of photographs, with many large salt prints of the armies involved on both sides, including a great photo of the army camped in front of the half-built US Capitol.
- A photo album compiled by the wife of the Warden of the San Quentin prison, and another of vertigo-inducing photos of the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken from atop the towers as they were being built.
- A copy of the folio edition of Thornton's Temple of Flora, a gorgeous, not-at-all scientifically accurate book that ruined its publisher financially. He died destitute, but the plates are fantastic.
- A book of stereo-photographs by Linnaeus Tripe, a British photographer with the East India Company who traveled through Madras and Burma in the 1850s. The book had been disbound by a photography dealer with the aim of selling the plates individually, and I put it back together and back into its original binding.