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Real Simple Magazine Custom Penguin Set

Posted on January 7, 2013 by - Blog, Press and News

Juniper Books in Real Simple Magazine

We are thrilled to be in the current issue of Real Simple Magazine in the “Gifts for Readers” section.

Juniper Books in Real Simple Magazine

Real Simple January 2013 in Airport Newstand

If you are looking for that product please CLICK HERE.  The idea is simple – the Penguin Classics series features 32 true classics in decorative hardcover bindings designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith.  We stock them all and we will make you a custom set of 10 books that you pick from the list of 32.

You can pick out your titles on the product page in our online store, or you can call or e-mail us with your order and any questions.

  1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  2. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  3. Emma by Jane Austen
  4. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  5. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  6. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  7. Persuasion by Jane Austen
  8. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  9. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  10. 1001 Arabian Nights by Richard Burton (note this book is taller than the others)
  11. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  12. Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll
  13. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  14. Dante’s Inferno
  15. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  16. Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  17. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  18. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  19. Bleak House by Charles Dickens
  20. Hard Times by Charles Dickens
  21. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  22. Middlemarch by George Eliot
  23. Cranford by Elizabeth  Gaskell
  24. Tess of the D’Urbevilles by Thomas Hardy
  25. The Odyssey by Homer
  26. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  27. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by DH Lawrence
  28. The Sonnets and a Lovers Complaint by William Shakespeare
  29. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  30. Dracula by Bram Stoker
  31. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  32. The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
Decorative Penguin Classics

Full Set of 32 Penguin Classics

This set makes a fantastic timeless addition to any shelf.  It is also a great birthday gift, Valentine’s Day gift, wedding gift, or a gift for just about occasion.  Starting with 10 books is a great way to go, then you (or the gift recipient) can always contact us in the future to expand the collection.

Happy New Year,

Thatcher

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

303-946-1494

From Book Wrapping to Rebinding

Posted on September 19, 2012 by - Blog, Book Resources, Book Styles, Ideas and Advice

Make Your Own Book Set - Rainbow

One of the things we do at Juniper Books that is different from any other book seller in the world is that we can help with just about any book project – from requests for a lot of books in a particular style at a low cost per book, to projects involving one very special book and a much generous budget per book.

About 11 years ago I started selling rare books online – first from my own collection and then books that I went out and acquired from estate sales and auctions.  Occasionally I would  come across a rare book in terrible shape so I started developing relationships with bookbinders.  Bookbinding is expensive and time consuming – when executed skillfully, the results are beautiful and last forever.  Juniper Books helps clients with bookbinding projects – both in leather and cloth, and we also work on custom boxes and cases for books and other printed material.  However given the cost of bookbinding, it is not for everyone or every project.

Custom Pulitzer Bindings

Custom Pulitzer Bindings

The custom book bindings are generally for clients who have one special book (e.g., a Family Bible, a sentimental or rare book) and wish to preserve it in an attractive new binding.  We also create special gift editions for clients that might be a cherished classic, or could be a commemorative book for a specific project (e.g., a thesis, a recently completed design/architecture project, etc.)  We work with clients closely to design each binding exactly to their preferences – this includes leather and bookcloth colors, title and detail design.

At the other end of the cost and time spectrum are our wrapped books.   Whereas a custom binding might take 3-6 weeks and costs a few hundred dollars, we can make hundreds of wrapped books in a day at a very small cost per book.  We have been working with designers, architects, developers and visual merchandisers for years to provide them with books in the exact color and texture of their choice.  Our book wrappings are generally paper jackets that we measure and cut precisely then apply to each book, in some cases they are fabric.

Linen and Kraft Paper Wrapped

Linen and Kraft Paper Wrapped

While some have copied our work, what cannot be duplicated is the attention to detail we provide to each project, the quality of our materials and our excellent customer service.  We offer customers an infinite number of color choices – we stock dozens of colors and I personally test a lot more papers around the year to assess their suitability for wrapping books.  We do this so that we are always ready when someone calls with a rush order – such as a visual merchandiser who needs to put 50 gold books in 100 store windows by Christmas!  Or a spa in Miami about to hold their grand opening and they need a couple thousand white books.  Or a video game company launching a new product and they need a few hundred books in their corporate color to stage a mock home.

If a customer needs books screened for content we do that as well – for example a conservative hotel chain that does not want romance novels in their lobbies . . .

In 2010, I introduced custom printed book jackets into the market and we are the only company that provides them.  The idea was to take book wrapping to a whole new level, especially for residential home customers.  The idea is that you can have the books you want (ie literary classics, or Civil War histories) and get the color / style that matches your interior.  We measure each book then custom print the titles on each jacket so they fit perfectly – we can design them to look like antique leather books or bright modern colors and just about everything in between.

Make Your Own Book Set - Rainbow

Make Your Own Book Set – Rainbow

Some of our custom book jacket sets are available in our online store, however 99% of what we sell is custom made and so it is best to call or e-mail us about your project.

So, whether you have a project that calls for rebinding one book, or a need for several thousand books, Juniper Books can help!

Thatcher

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

303-946-1494

New Book Sets – August 2012

Posted on August 23, 2012 by - Blog, Press and News, Recent Projects

It has been a very busy summer at Juniper Books on all fronts.  In June I had the opportunity to visit some projects I have worked on including the Hotel Lorien and Halstead Square in Virginia and The Hotel NoMad in New York City.  I will be posting new photos of these projects very soon.

An article in the Wall Street Journal – “A House to Look Smart In” – featured our work very prominently and has led to a number of orders and new client relationships.   Other press included a great feature on Wired Design and a really fun piece in the Colorado issue of Luxe magazine.

Back in the studio in Boulder Colorado, the team has been super busy creating new book sets for sale.  I’m really excited about many of these new products as they really show off what we do – combining great books with great design.  You can feel good about owning these book sets as they are timeless classics and Juniper Books can make them in the colors and styles that work for your decor.  Please follow the photos below to view the new products.

Partial Keyboard Custom Book Jacket Set

Juniper Books Piano Keyboard Book Set

100 Literary Classics in Teal with Black Titles

100 Literary Classics in Modern Jackets – Many Colors Available

100 Literary Classics in Vellum Style Custom Jackets

100 Literary Classics in Vellum or Leather Style Custom Jackets – Various Colors Available

Harry Potter Ravenclaw Edition

Custom Blue Ravenclaw Style Jackets for Harry Potter Books

As always, if you would like assistance with your custom library project or are looking for the perfect set of books to give as a gift (or anything in between), please feel free to contact thatcher@juniperbooks.com or call 303-946-1494.

Thatcher

 

 

Academy Awards

Posted on March 21, 2012 by - Blog, Recent Projects

For the backstage Green Room at the 84th Academy Awards®, we created a library unlike anything anyone has ever seen before.  AD100 designer Waldo Fernandez brought us into the project, which is an annual Architectural Digest event.  Immediately we conceived of the idea to create a homage to film history using our custom printed book jackets.

What we created was made possible by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which gave us access to their extensive archives.  We curated a book collection that included many titles on film and entertainment subjects, then wrapped groups of four to eight books in custom book jackets so that they make up individual film scenes.  The printed jackets were designed with film sprockets on top and bottom so that the entire library looks like a film reel.

Spanning the bookshelves are scenes from Citizen Kane, Gone with the Wind, Casablanca, Sunset Boulevard, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and several dozen other films, arranged chronologically.  Actors including Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and Marlon Brando are all featured prominently on the bookshelves.  Thatcher installed the project at the Kodak Theatre personally several days before the Oscars® broadcast.

 

See also:

Academy Awards Green Room Book Sets

Juniper Books Oscars Green Room Press Release

Press Coverage of the Green Room

Oscars Green Room Unveiled

Short Video We Made Starring The Academy Awards Book Sets from Juniper Books

 

Kips Bay

Posted on March 20, 2012 by - Blog, Recent Projects

Close Up of the Bookshelves Cullman & Kravis Kips Bay Dining Room

We were very honored in 2010 to provide a curated collection of books to Cullman & Kravis for use in the dining room library of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club 38th Annual Decorator Show House.  The collection included cookbooks, books on gastronomy and the history of food.

The design of the room by Elissa Cullman and Tracey Winn Pruzan won rave reviews and the overall event was a wonderful success for a great cause.

The concept of the show house is to have “celebrated interior designers transform a luxury Manhattan home into an elegant exhibition of fine furnishings, art and technology.”  The event is an annual tradition and  receives as many as 20,000 guests annually, and has raised over $17,000,000 for the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.

For more photos, see the portfolio of AD100 Designers Cullman & Kravis.

At Juniper Books, we are always open to helping out good causes by means of our books.  We also enjoy working with leading designers to integrate our unique book collections into their vision, especially at high profile, trendsetting events such as the Kips Bay Show House.

To contact us about your project, feel free to e-mail thatcher@juniperbooks.com, call 303-946-1494, or use the form below.





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Themed Custom Jackets

Posted on March 4, 2012 by - Blog, Book Styles

Mystery Book Collection
Juniper Books designs and prints custom book jackets that can be used to unify small and large collections of books, achieve desired colors in order to integrate bookshelves with an interior or commercial installation, or just change the look of books from old to new or new to old.
Our custom printed book jackets can be designed in any style and this page illustrates just a few of our creations.  Since inventing custom book jackets in 2010, we have worked on numerous projects for clients where we fully customize the color, typeface, and theme of the book jackets.

Below are some of the examples of how we can custom design and print these book jackets.

To inquire about this style of books, please feel free to e-mail us through the form below or contact thatcher@juniperbooks.com or call 303-946-1494.





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Oscars Green Room Press Release

Posted on February 26, 2012 by - Blog, Press and News, Recent Projects

Juniper Books Oscars Green Room Library

Nominees and presenters in the Academy Awards® Green Room this year will be treated to a visual timeline of film history in a way no one has ever seen before.  Custom library designer Thatcher Wine of Juniper Books created a unique library for the shelves in the Waldo Fernandez designed Architectural Digest Green Room. The bookshelves feature images from the archives of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences skillfully printed on book jackets so that groups of four to eight books make up individual film scenes.

Wine and his team at Juniper Books in Boulder, Colorado spent several weeks designing and printing the custom book jackets after being called upon by Green Room designer Waldo Fernandez.  With access to the archives of the The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Thatcher immediately knew what he wanted to do.  “My idea was to put classic film scenes on book spines in a way that honored the history of the movies and eight decades of the Academy Awards® – it really seemed to fit the nostalgic spirit of this year’s Oscars.”

Spanning the bookshelves are scenes from Citizen Kane, Gone with the Wind, Sunset Boulevard and several dozen other films, arranged chronologically.  Actors including Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn and Marlon Brando inhabit the Green Room in a way they have never done before. Wine flew out to Los Angeles several days before the Academy Awards® to personally install the library backstage at the Kodak Theatre.

“When the audience for a project includes many of the most talented and creative professionals in the world, the pressure is on. I wanted to do something that was original and inspirational.  The guests in the Green Room may only have a few minutes to appreciate the space and I wanted the library to put them at ease and perhaps give them something to talk about.”

Created by renowned AD100 interior designer Waldo Fernandez, this year’s Architectural Digest Greenroom is inspired by Hollywood of the 1930s and 40s.  Fernandez’s vision for the Greenroom references the Billy Haines-decorated Beverly Hills home of director George Cukor, who was legendary for his glamorous parties. Fernandez’s invitingly harmonious interiors stand out for their subtle, easygoing style. His impressive portfolio, spanning more than three decades, not only includes homes for an incredible roster of clients—Elizabeth Taylor, Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves, and Darren Star among them—but also a number of commercial projects, such as his own Trumps restaurant, the Beverly Hills Hilton, and most recently, the West Hollywood Soho House club.

About Juniper Books:

Since 2001, Juniper Books has carved out a niche at the intersection of books and design by delivering a level of service, attention to detail and creativity that no bookseller has ever provided.  To Thatcher Wine, the possibilities of a custom library are endless – he personally designs and curates libraries of leather and vellum books; books by author, color, subject and/or size; or creations using various papers, fabrics, or custom printed book jackets.  Custom book jackets can rapidly and economically change the look of any book.  This innovative concept has attracted many fans among interior designers, architects, visual merchandisers and private clients around the world.

Juniper Books Oscars Green Room Library

Juniper Books Oscars Green Room Library

Contact:

Thatcher Wine

303-946-1494

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

Academy Awards Green Room Sets

Posted on February 25, 2012 by - Blog, Recent Projects

1977 Annie Hall Woody Allen and Diane Keaton

Here are the book sets we created for the Green Room of the 2012 Academy Awards, each individually photographed.  A few weeks ago when Waldo’s Designs asked us if we wanted to get involved with creating a library for the Architectural Digest Greenroom, I jumped at the chance and immediately pitched him the idea of creating a film strip with classic film scenes across the bookshelf.   I knew we could make this concept a reality and it would be something that nobody had ever seen before – a challenging given the creative talent who will be in the room on Oscar night!

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences gave us access to their archives and I spent many hours selecting images to use for the project.   As a fan of classic films, and at one time an aspiring screenwriter, I enjoyed every minute of combing through the archives, choosing pictures, then printing them on book jackets and with my team in Boulder, Colorado making them line up perfectly so when you push multiple books together they form many classic movie scenes from the past 85 years!

Enjoy, and feel free to let me know which ones are your favorites!

Thatcher

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

Leather Bound Books

Posted on December 28, 2011 by - Blog, Book Styles

Leather bound books are beautiful, they always have been and they always will be.  In 2011, we built a number of leather bound book collections for clients so I thought I’d take the opportunity to highlight a few of the ways we sell leather books and build curated collections out of them.  If you are looking for a curated collection of leather books, note that we recently added a number of photographs to this page:

And just to start, here are a few points of differentiation for what we do compared to some other book sellers:

  • Nearly all of the leather bound books we sell are in English, a few are in French or German, none are in Scandinavian languages
  • We have leather books in all budget ranges – we don’t just specialize in fancy leather bindings, however we do have access to plenty of them
  • When we work with you on your order, you can tell us what is most important to you – if the books are for decoration, or you would like a particular author/subject, or both and we will choose and provide the books that are best for your home library
  • If we don’t have a particular author or color, we will source the books and if something doesn’t exist in a leather binding, we will create it (custom leather bindings) – no grumpy booksellers here making you look through dusty musty stacks of books – we source books from all around the world and ship them around the world.

There is a big price range for buying leather bound books that is driven primarily by rarity, completeness (for sets) and condition.  However size and color also influence pricing.

Starting with the least expensive, most commonly available leather bound books up through the most expensive antique leather bindings, here is a quick summary of the type of leatherbound books we sell along with links to pages with more photos and information:

1. Leather Bound Law Books: We love the look of old law books- they are usually just like the photo below- golden brown with red and black spine labels.  Since most of the content has been digitized, they can be pretty affordable (unless they have some rare legal case in them) and they are a nice way to fill shelf space in a uniform manner.  The books are in English and usually have pretty innocuous sending names (e.g., “Bligh’s New Reports”) so they are good for decoration and still readable if you flip through them (unlike some foreign language leather).

Matching Antique Leather Law Volumes

Antique Leather Law Books

2. Foreign Language Books: Leather bound books in foreign languages are generally more plentiful than their English counterparts, and are a little less sought after, therefore they are priced less.  Some companies specialize in importing inexpensive Scandinavian leather books – Juniper Books doesn’t sell these books.  When we do sell foreign language  leather books they tend to be Romance languages such as French, Italian, German and Spanish.   Many European classics are readily available in leather bindings and they make nice additions to a library even if the language is not spoken – ie works of Dumas, Moliere, Cervantes, Dante, etc.

Foreign Language Antique Leather Books from Juniper Books
Foreign Language Antique Leather Books

3. Antique Leather Books by the Foot: When building a collection to fill a certain amount of shelf space, we always ask the clients what colors they are looking for, what size books their shelves will hold, what degree of wear is tolerable, what languages are desired, and whether particular subjects or authors are important.  We also work with clients to determine whether a very uniform look using many matching sets is desired or if individual volumes are preferred/acceptable.  Since Juniper Books is such a large buyer and seller of antique leather books, we offer excellent pricing on leather books by the foot.  Brown and red tend to be the most common and least expensive, black, blue and green are also available.

Mix of Brown Red and Black Antique Leather
Antique Leather Mix

4. Custom Curated Antique Leather Books : When a client is looking for a handpicked selection of leather books or a set by a particular author, we source books from all around the world, evaluating multiple offerings, and custom building book collections one book or set at a time.  We have helped clients assemble collections of literature, Americana, European history, philosophy, and other subjects.  We have fielded requests for leather bound sets of Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, the Bronte Sisters, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and many others.  If an antique leather edition of a desired book/set/subject exists, we will find it, and if it doesn’t exist we will create it (see further below).

Washington Irving Collection
Washington Irving Set

5. Modern Leather Books: Easton Press makes nice luxurious leather books that are well designed and tend to be literary classics and other important books (although some we must admit are trendy bestsellers and not destined to be classics).   We love their sets of William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others.  Some other companies make modern leather books including Franklin Library, Gryphon Editions, and others.  When we build collections of modern leather books, we do so for clients who like the bright colors, the contemporary style, and who want books in leather that are simply not available in leather any other way (at least not in a timely and economical manner).  A collection of these books by the foot yields all English language books and mostly classics, so that can be a good way to go.  Or we can build a custom curated collection by author, subject, etc. We also help clients source many of these books as special gifts as a leather bound edition of a favorite work is always more appreciated than a standard hardcover.

F. Scott Fitzgerald Easton Press
F. Scott Fitzgerald

6. Custom Bound Leather Books: When a leather bound edition of a desired book simply doesn’t exist, we will create it.  Custom bindings do take some time as it’s a true craft, and they can be expensive, but the result is usually one-of-a-kind.  We have created leather bound editions of classics such as The Catcher in the Rye, bound designer portfolio books, histories of The Beatles, a series of economics classics and various other books.  Some projects involve rebinding books that have sentimental value or are rare and would benefit from a beautiful binding for resale.  Feel free to contact us about your project, anything is possible with custom leather bindings.

The Beatles Hunter Davies Custom Leather Binding
The Beatles Custom Leather Bound

7. Vellum Books: A relative of leather books (perhaps their rich uncle) are antique vellum books.  These are white leather (usually goat or sheepskin) books.  Vellum bindings are one of our specialties – they are beautiful in tones of white, cream, ivory, and gold.  They tend to be literary classics and important works in limited editions.  For all these reasons, and that they are hard to keep bright and clean over the years, they are more expensive than leather books in other colors.  We love building collections of vellum books – they look great with golden brown leather books by the way.

Vellum Books Gold and Black
Vellum Books

8. Leather Style Book Covers: Juniper Books invented and introduced custom book covers that look like antique leather bindings in 2010 as a means of converting a hardcover library into something more uniform and classical, at a fraction of the price (and time frame) of rebinding books in leather.    Our custom leather style book jackets can be printed in any color  – we have made them in brown, black, red, blue, pink, purple, you name it.  We customize the typefaces and accents on the books, drawing inspiration from actual antique leather books. Please inquire for details and options.

Agatha Christie in Red Antique Leather Style Book Covers
Simulated Leather Book Jackets

To contact us about any of the above styles of leather books and any of the options mentioned, please contact thatcher@juniperbooks.com, call 303-946-1494, or use the form below.





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Curated Book Collections

Posted on November 12, 2011 by - Photos

At Juniper Books, we handpick / curate all book collections one volume at a time.  Thatcher has extensive experience building book collections of all types and is personally involved in every project.

A very small percentage of our offerings are now available in our online store – for most of our book styles and extensive personalized services it is best to contact us directly – no two projects are the same.

Ernest Hemingway Set in Custom Book Jackets

Ernest Hemingway Set in Custom Book Jackets

One of our most popular request for handpicked collections is for literary classics.  However, some clients want them in affordable hardcover editions, others want first editions, some would like oversize illustrated editions, and others would like all of their books in red leather bindings!  Juniper Books can handle any and all of these requests.

Examples of other handpicked book collections we have assembled:

  • British Literature and Poetry
  • American Literature and Poetry
  • Persian Poetry
  • Western American History Books
  • Books about Colorado
  • Books about New Mexico
  • Books about California
  • Books about South Carolina
  • Books about Alabama
  • Books about the Mediterranean
  • Primary Works of Science in Modern Leather Bindings
  • Vintage and Antique Science Texts in Hardcover
  • Hunting Books in Leather Bindings
  • Coffee Table Books about Africa and Asia
  • Art Books about Specific Artists in a home
  • Books about Royalty
  • Civil War Histories
  • Books about Sports Heroes
  • Children’s Classics
  • Collections of Mark Twain, Jane Austen, the Bronte Sisters, Leo Tolstoy, and many other authors
  • Collections of Will James, J. Frank Dobie, Larry McMurtry and other Western writers
  • First Editions of Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, P.G. Wodehouse, D.H. Lawrence, Willa Cather and many others
  • Many other requests . . .

The possibilities for building a handpicked book collection or curated library are endless.  Thatcher can curate a book collection on any subject in all budget ranges.

Once we build a book collection, an additional possibility is to unify the books with our custom book covers.  Please click here to learn more about our custom designed and printed book covers.

Below are links to a few of our most popular options:

Handpicked - Literary Classics in Jackets

Literary Classics in Jackets

Mountaineering Books

Mountaineering Books

Our portfolio of past projects also contains some images showing the variety of how a handpicked book collection can look:

New Mexico Library featuring modern leather american literature

New Mexico Library

Easton Press Leather Bound Collection

Easton Press Home Library

Curated Library of Hardcover Literary Classics

Curated Library

Beach House Library

Beach House Library

 

New Mexico Book Collection

Regional History

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jackson Hole Western Library

Jackson Hole Western Library

New Jersey Library

New Jersey Library

To reach Thatcher regarding your request for a handpicked book collection, please e-mail thatcher@juniperbooks.com, call him at 303-946-1494, or use the form below.





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Thatcher in the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine

Posted on June 23, 2011 by - Blog, Press and News

The New York Times called Thatcher Wine ’94 a “library artist” in an article last January. The one-time Internet entrepreneur who now runs Juniper Books from a Boulder, Colorado, warehouse, says he creates “book solutions” for designers and decorators. He spent a year collecting 2,000 white vellum and cream-colored leatherbound books for a gentleman’s library, and he once stylishly wrapped thousands of books to match the décor of a Miami spa. “Thatcher is a necessity at this point in these large homes. I couldn’t pull off filling these miles of bookshelves without him,” designer Jenny Fischbach said of Wine, whose work runs from $80 to $350 a foot, depending on the books.

http://dartmouthalumnimagazine.com/newsmakers-4/

Dartmouth Alumni Magazine

Dartmouth Alumni Magazine mentioning Thatcher Wine

 

Curated Book Collection Services

Posted on June 23, 2011 by - Blog, Book Resources

Will James New Mexico Custom Book Collection
Will James Library

Juniper Books has extensive experience building book collections based on the collectibility of individual books including:

  • Edition
  • Condition
  • Provenance
  • Signatures / Inscriptions

We have worked with clients to:

  • Find elusive editions or titles to add to their collections
  • Acquire rare or special books to be given as gifts
  • Build entire collections around a particular subject, author or theme such as the complete works of Mark Twain, or everything ever published about New Mexico.

We could give numerous examples of how we have helped clients build book special book collections, the point being that our work is not simply decorative.  We have assembled book collections on topics including:

  • British Literature and Poetry
  • American Literature and Poetry
  • Persian Poetry
  • Western American History Books
  • Books about Colorado
  • Books about New Mexico
  • Books about California
  • Books about South Carolina
  • Books about Alabama
  • Books about the Mediterranean
  • Primary Works of Science in Modern Leather Bindings
  • Vintage and Antique Science Texts in Hardcover
  • Hunting Books in Leather Bindings
  • Coffee Table Books about Africa and Asia
  • Art Books about Specific Artists in a home
  • Books about Royalty
  • Civil War Histories
  • Books about Sports Heroes
  • Children’s Classics
  • Collections of Mark Twain, Jane Austen, the Bronte Sisters, Leo Tolstoy, and many other authors
  • Collections of Will James, J. Frank Dobie, Larry McMurtry and other Western writers
  • First Editions of Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, P.G. Wodehouse, D.H. Lawrence, Willa Cather and many others

Thatcher knows books, where to find them, and what makes them collectible.

To inquire about engaging Juniper Books to custom curate and handpick a book collection for your home, institution, or business, please feel free to e-mail us through the form below.





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Appraisals for Rare Books and Libraries

Posted on June 23, 2011 by - Blog, Book Resources

High End Book Collection

Thatcher Wine of  Juniper Books can appraise individual books or an entire book collection.  While not a certified appraiser, Thatcher has substantial experience evaluating rare books and book collections and determining values.
Whether an appraisal is desired out of curiosity, for estate or insurance purposes, or as part of a donation of a complete collection to an institution, please contact us for an estimate and more information.

We have worked with clients to develop book appraisals remotely, however we prefer to have the books in front of us so that we can thoroughly evaluate condition and publication details – travel is possible for larger collections.

Huckleberry Finn First Edition
Huckleberry Finn First Edition

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Juniper Books in the New York Times!

Posted on June 23, 2011 by - Blog, Press and News

 

 

Thatcher Wine in the New York Times Selling a Book By Its Cover

Thatcher Wine in the New York Times - Jamie Schwaberow for The New York Times

It’s been almost six months since the big article on what I’m doing with books came out on Thursday January 6th, in the New York Times.  It was a great article by Penelope Green.  Plus the story was accompanied by a fantastic slideshow – a Times photographer visited our warehouse in Boulder and they sent photographers to several of our projects in Austin TX, Miami FL, and New York City.  A special thank you to our clients who were willing to be interviewed and have their libraries photographed.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/06/garden/06books.html

Here is a photo of my father, Barry Wine, reading the paper when it came out!

Barry Wine reading New York Times Article About Thatcher Wine

Barry Wine reading The New York Times

The past 6 months have been incredibly business with new orders – customers all around the world have discovered what I’m doing – especially with the custom designed and printed book jackets I launched in 2010.  Also our custom curated book collections on a whole variety of subjects.  Orders have come in from Italy, Mexico, Singapore, Australia, and beyond . . .

The article begins:

“IT took Thatcher Wine a year to amass 2,000 well-preserved white vellum and cream-colored leatherbound books for a “gentleman’s library” in the Northern California estate of a private equity manager. Perfectly matched sets of books bound in antique vellum, a pale leather made from goat or sheep skin, are an elusive quarry, especially if they all have to be in English, said Mr. Wine, a former Internet entrepreneur who now creates custom book collections and decorative “book solutions,” as he puts it, in his Boulder, Colo., warehouse.”

To read the full article click here.

Juniper Books Goes to China!

Posted on June 23, 2011 by - Blog, Press and News

Bund Pictorial Article on Juniper Books

Bund Pictorial Article on Juniper Books

We’ve been fortunate this year to have a couple stories written about our business in Chinese publications.  I have yet to see a flood of orders from Chinese customers looking to build a library of leather bound books, or a curated library of literary classics for their shelves in Shanghai (or Dubai, or New York, or Vancouver – we ship anywhere) but I’m sure they are coming.

One of the results of the January 6th New York Times article about my business and the creative things I am doing with books, is that I have received orders from around the world from as well as interest from various publications in Italy, Australia, China and other countries.  It has been incredibly fun talking with everyone and I really appreciate how interested everyone is in the future of the book, how better book collections can be built and how books overall can be better integrated with design.

An article appeared in the Shanghai Daily on May 8, 2011 entitled “Made-to-order libraries”.  It is currently behind their subscribers wall but I can send it to anyone who requests it.

Then earlier this year, an article appeared in the Bund Pictorial, in Mandarin – this one can be found through this link:

http://www.bundpic.com/link.php?linkid=13571

Here is a link to a Google translated version of the site.  Note: it does not translate well but it is a hoot to read.  “Thatcher temperature” ???   I wish I could read it in Chinese.

http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=zh-CN&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.bundpic.com%2Flink.php%3Flinkid%3D13571

And here is my original Q&A correspondence with Florence.

1  Can you share with us your first custom library design experience? Is it successful?

I started selling rare books in 2001 as a part time occupation.  In 2005, someone asked me to help them put together a collection of 4,000 books for their new home.  I interviewed the family  about their interests, hobbies, occupations, what sports they liked, who were their heroes, favorite authors, and many other things.  Then I built the book collection from their perspective – what would I buy and display on my shelves if I were them.  It was very successful and I have kept the same approach – paying attention to all the details and making the library look like it has been built one book at a time over the years.

2  How and why did you become a custom library designer? How did your former professional experiences help you in your new career?

The business of becoming a custom library designer has been an evolution and it was not something I set out to do.   I started selling rare books because it was fun and educational in that I learned something from every book I handled.  Previously I did a few entrepreneurial things – helping companies develop their Internet strategies and go online, and then I started a company that built online customer service solutions.  Those careers didn’t have much to do with books or design, but they did teach me a lot about having the patience to find and build a unique business instead of trying to create it overnight, listening to your customers and evolving to meet a market need, and enjoying your work so that it never seems like work.

3  Your profession needs you to have a comprehensive and profound understanding of books of different sectors and areas. Do you like reading and how did you get to enrich your knowledge about books in your work?

Yes I love reading, but more than that I love learning about history and authors, and various subjects I’m less familiar with.   So, when a client comes to me and asks me to build a collection of the complete works of a particular author or to put together some books about a subject, I really enjoy the process of learning as I work on their requests.  I don’t present myself as an expert in every subject or every author, but I do learn things quickly and figure out who are the specialist booksellers who can help me with various requests.  I have a lot of experience with so many varied requests that nothing really scares me and I can generally figure out how to build a book collection around any theme.

4  Book collection used to be your hobby, but now it’s your job. How a book collection as your work is different from that as your hobby?

It’s not very different, except that I’m a lot busier.  I think a lot of people have hobbies that they would love to turn into a a job, but very few people do it.  The reality is if you enjoy something as a hobby and you have a unique approach to it, then many times it will succeed as a business.

5  Where and how do you buy your books? Do you have a frequented bookstore or some particular book dealer partners?

I buy books from a lot of different sources.  When I can I visit the bookstores where I live in Boulder and Denver Colorado such as Red Letter Books or Gallagher Books.  I have some “book scouts” who bring me books that they know I can use.  I buy out estates and sometimes entire bookstores when they close.  I often find the books I need on ebay, amazon or abebooks.  I receive inquiries from all over the US of people with book collections they would like to sell, so I buy those remotely.  For specific requests, such as an Agatha Christie first edition, I know the dealers who have the best inventory, sometimes they are online and sometimes they are not.

6  Can you tell us something about your clients, including the hotels and design agencies? What kind  of people your individual clients are? Why do they want to spend a lot of money to have a their own custom library?

Having a library assembled for you is not for everyone, but when a homeowner or designer wants to fill a lot of shelves and have it look great, they call me.  My clients usually are building a new home, or a second home, and they simply do not have the time to go out and buy the books one by one, and they know that if I help them, the books will make sense as a coherent collection, look great on the shelves, they know I will save them tons of time and I will probably save them money too.  A design firm like Cullman & Kravis in New York has engaged my services many times for their clients as they know it’s a very special service I provide and that I will deliver the books on time, on budget, and they will generally exceed expectations.  The commercial projects are generally collaborations with designers such as with Theresa Fatino on the W Hollywood Residences Lobby where she had a vision for the design and I helped her fulfill that with some very special handpicked vellum books and custom wrapped volumes in neutral papers and fabrics.

7  How do your individual clients’ aesthetic in library design change? In other words, what’s the trend of books and their cover design?

I’m seeing a huge interest in light colored books – it’s related to people wanting to use light and neutral tones to make spaces feel bigger and brighter.  As it relates to the books, this means a lot of antique vellum books, neutral colored sets, white wrapped books and custom printed book covers with the primary color being white.  I’m also seeing a renewed interest in literary classics.  I think this reflects somewhat of a trend of “back to basics” – people reading the classics, or at the very least being surrounded by them and having the option of reading them.  Many clients tell me they want their children to see the classics on their shelves as they grow up, at least be familiar with the authors and titles and and hopefully be inspired to read them.

8  Can you share with us the design of your own library?

The books in my home include a little bit of everything that I sell.  In my office I have collections of some of my favorite authors – Mark Twain, J.D. Salinger, Nick Hornby – in various editions and bindings – first editions in dustjackets, signed copies, leather bindings, Easton Press editions, etc.  I also have collections of Colorado history, reference books on Navajo rugs,  and books related to my alma mater Dartmouth College.  In my living room, I have books chosen both for their color and their content – the selection includes books in green, brown and gold decorative cloth and leather bindings by Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters, Charles Dickens and Alexandre Dumas.  In my kitchen I have some cookbooks in my custom printed book jackets and for my kids I also have childrens books in custom printed book covers.

9  What kinds of books do your clients tend to decorate their residential or hotel library? Do you agree with the concept that “books’ decorative function will be stronger than their reading function in the future” ? Why?

This varies so much from client to client and that is what my business is all about.  I don’t have a speciality in a particular type of books or a single design aesthetic – my business is about customizing book collections so that they contain the books my clients want and look look like they want.  So, my clients libraries range from classical looking collections of antique leather books to ultra-modern walls of color books.  Yoo Design by Philippe Starck is all about white books whereas the collection I built for the Four Seasons Residences in Austin, Texas is all about high quality handpicked literature, history and other subjects.  Books are very personal, even when used as decorative objects in a hotel lobby for example.  They evoke something beyond the here and now, they convey a sense of history and intelligence both through their titles and contents but also as objects that are more than a rectangular shape even if covered up in a solid color book jacket.  I think there will always be printed books and there will always be a market for them.  However, as electronic books become better and more popular, the books in many homes will yes, be used primarily as decorative objects and accessories.

10 Before collecting books for your clients, what kind of research and analyse you usually do as preparation work? Generally, how long does it take for your to design a library from the beginning to the end?

It varies substantially depending on how complicated the project is.  For example we are making 4,000 white books for client right now and will complete that project in less than 2 weeks.  On the other hand we spent about 12 months building a collection of 2,000 antique leather and vellum books – it took that long because the books were rare, we had to source them a few books at a time, and the client was very discriminating about which books were acceptable to him.  I’d say most projects can be completed in 3-5 weeks or less.  The research and analysis before a project begins also varies.  If it is something we have done before, I can very quickly quote a price and get started.  If it is something new, like assembling a collection by an obscure author or subject, it takes a few days of book searching and possibly conversations with some of my book sources, to then quote a price and move forward.

11 Can you tell us the most impressive experience of collecting books for your clients? The most expensive book? A client with the most weird requirement of his or her book collection?

Nearly all of my business is hardcovers and leather books, but I had a request recently from a client to build a collection of well worn paperbacks by a particular author who was coming to visit my client in a couple weeks and she wanted it to look like she had read all the books!  For another client, they wanted all the books in a room to coordinate with the color of a light fixture, so they sent me the color swatch and I made new jackets for the books that matched it exactly.  Most of my business these days is not about super expensive rare books, but about building entire libraries and so looking at the cost of a full collection and not the individual price of the books.  That being said, I do have a number of clients for whom spending $1000 on a rare first edition of P.G. Wodehouse or $4500 on a signed limited edition Easton Press book is what I help them with.

12 Do you define yourself as a artist or a businessman? Why? Do you have a design credo of yourself?

Good question, I see myself as a craftsman working in the medium of books and libraries.  The work is so customized for every client that it requires a lot of specialized skills and attention to detail.   My credo is not a simple one liner.  Basically, I think that for too long people have accepted books as they are, I believe that everyone should be able to have the books they want and to have them look great, if they don’t exist in the world that way, they should be modified so they look exactly the way you want them to look.  This is the age of customization and personalization, there is nothing sacred about books that prevents them from being customized and personalized while everything else in the world is.

13 How many residential and commercial library do you have designed? Do you have and new plans for your future?

I don’t keep an exact count, but I’d say I have worked on several hundred projects that range from finding one special book for a client to building entire libraries.  The plans for the future are to continue doing innovative things with books.  I feel like I am just getting started on all the creative ideas for changing the look of books and how they are used.

14 The elephant image formed by several books is designed according to the requirement of your client for their custom library or ….?

I created the elephant for my own shelves.  I found the original image in an old book from the 1760s and loved it.  It was buried in an old book so I decided to liberate it and put it on the outside of the books.  I will be doing a lot more of this in the future as I have a lot of illustrations that I love as well as original artwork to work from.

Thatcher Wine

Juniper Books

Boulder, CO

A Visit to New Mexico

Posted on May 31, 2011 by - Blog, Recent Projects

Even though New Mexico is only a few hours away from me in Colorado, I had never had the opportunity to personally visit the home of one of my clients I have known and worked with for years.  That changed recently and my perspective on how beautiful and personal a library can be in this day and age changed with it (I see and help with a lot of libraries so that says a lot!).

New Mexico Library featuring modern leather american literature

New Mexico Library

We first met our client in 2006 when we sold him a rare New Mexico book and over the years we have continued to help him develop his collection of American literature and all things related to the history and literature of New Mexico, one volume at a time.

Will James Book Collection in New Mexico

Will James Collection

We had the opportunity recently to visit our client’s library in New Mexico and were in awe of all the details beyond the books including the beautiful custom bookcases and fine mid-century furnishings.  The book collection itself is probably one of the finest of its kind ever assembled – there are extensive holdings of authors connected to New Mexico – Willa Cather, DH Lawrence, Will James, J. Frank Dobie, and many others.  With New Mexico’s long history of native communities and pueblos, 500 years since the early days of the Spanish, and fascinating stories of cowboys and outlaws, there is a tremendous amount of material to be collected.

New Mexico Bookshelves Reflected in Light Fixture

Bookshelves Reflected in Light Fixture

We have assisted in building this collection over the years and hope to continue to do so, in many cases helping our client to upgrade existing holdings to better condition copies, first editions, signed association copies, etc. We have also assisted this client in selling his duplicate copies as he has upgraded his books.

Handcrafted and Handpicked Library in New Mexico

Handcrafted and Handpicked Library

Our client is very avid book buyer and collector, this is a good example of how we work with clients to support their vision over time, not all of our projects are complete collections purchased at a single time and certainly this project exemplifies our ability to help a client with collectible material.

Curated Easton Press Library

Posted on May 31, 2011 by - Blog, Recent Projects

While there are a lot of books we love and a lot of publishers doing beautiful work these days (yes – publishers producing beautiful books do still exist) – there are few publishers like Easton Press who consistently bring leather bound classics to the market in relatively affordable editions.

Half of a Large Easton Press Collection Mostly History and Military History

Half of a Large Easton Press Collection

Our client had a strong interest in literary classics and history and loved the look and beauty of leather books, so building a collection of Easton Press books for him was a natural fit.  This is yet another project we have worked on over time, supplying selected to books that are individually approved one title at a time.  While highly decorative, this is really a history and literature lover’s library.

Easton Press Books Mostly Military History

Mostly Military History

The library includes a complete collection (and then some) of the 100 Greatest Books of All Time (a series that is actually 125 books that have been rotated over the years).   It also includes a healthy number special Easton Press editions from the Leather Bound Library of Military History as well as titles from the Books That Changed the World Series, Science oriented books and more.  The collection also contains some selected publications from the Folio Society as well as some very special individually sourced antique leather sets with a special connection to the location of the home and the interests of the homeowner.

Science Books from Folio Society and Easton Press

Science Books

Our services for a client such as this include maintaining a catalog of their holdings so that they known which books they have in their collection and we do not duplicate any previous purchases.  We also have worked with our client to arrange their books and make suggestions on future collection development.

100 Greatest Books Series from Easton Press

100 Greatest Books Series

Literary Classics All Around the House

Posted on May 31, 2011 by - Blog, Recent Projects

Antique Leather Books and Classics including Jane Austen

Antique Leather Books and Classics

I have clients of all types – some who want books for purely for decoration, others who hope to impress their guests with their intellectual book collection, others who hope their kids will be inspired to read the classics . . . just to name a few.   My customers enlist my help to add beautiful books to their home or business, not to give them a book report!

Western Americana Library Larry McMurtry and More

Western Americana Library

However, on this particular project I fully expect that the client will eventually read all of the books we sourced and installed in their home.  They were very involved in reviewing lists of books and authors that we assembled for them and we had a number of requests for particular titles to track down.

Some First Edition Library Books Bridge of San Luis Rey Thornton Wilder

Some First Edition Library Books

This is a project we have worked on for a client over a period of years and it is very much a curated collection.  We were contacted by the homeowners, who are avid readers, about helping them build book collections for three different rooms of their second home.  They spend a lot of time reading in this home and wanted to individually review all of the books we selected for them.

Their preferences were mainly for literary classics and in some places they wanted nice decorative editions such as leather bound sets and some favorite works from the First Edition Library.  The theme in one of the rooms was westerns and that collection features western literature including a large group of Larry McMurtry books, as well as books on the history and ecology of Western America.

Curated Library of Hardcover Literary Classics

Curated Library

Stately Homes by-the-Sea Designer Show House Opens

Posted on May 3, 2011 by - Blog, Recent Projects

In the past few months we have been honored to participate in several charity show houses by providing books to our designer friends in order to support their visions.  Darren Henault asked us to help with the books for his room at the the Stately Homes by-the-Sea Designer Show House at Holly Hill in Rumson New Jersey.   The room was full of bookshelves, with space for over a thousand volumes.

Darren Henault Room at Stately Homes By The Sea Designer Show House

Stately Homes By-The-Sea

Thatcher worked with Darren on a custom design of specially printed vellum (antique white leather) style book covers in tones of cream and gold.  All of the books in the room use our unique product of book jackets that look like antique leather – a concept that Thatcher invented in 2010 and has been working hard to perfect with each project and installation.  The result is a luxurious uniform look to the shelves, and a library of literary classics to read and enjoy, but that also look like they belong.

Darren Henault Designed Room

Darren Henault Designed Room

Congratulations to Darren and his team at Darren Henault Interiors on a beautiful job.  And good luck to everyone involved with the event and the case that it benefits: The Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey.

For more information please visit these sites and the show house which runs from May 3 – June 12, 2011.

http://juniperbooks.com/portfolio/show-houses/stately-homes-by-the-sea/

http://www.statelyhomesbythesea.com

http://www.darrenhenault.com/

To contact us regarding your project, please e-mail thatcher@juniperbooks.com, call Thatcher at 303-946-1494, or use the form below.




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First Edition Library Books

Posted on April 29, 2011 by - Blog, Ideas and Advice

The First Edition Library (FEL) is a series of exact facsimile replicas of the first editions of famous books.  We love these books because of how accurately they honor the details of many famous 19th and 20th century books.

First Edition Library Facsimile Books

First Edition Library Facsimile Books

The true first editions of most of these books cost several thousand dollars, whereas the FEL books can usually be purchased for less than $100.   Thus, they are wonderful ways to own an attractive copy of a favorite author or to own a collection of literary classics.  Thatcher has many of these in his own collection.

FEL Facsimile First Editions

FEL Facsimile First Editions

We are always interested in acquiring / purchasing / buying individual books and collections of First Edition Library books.

Below are a few photos of some beautiful examples of these books.  Also a partial list of some of the titles available.  We will be adding more photos and lists of available books to the new dedicated First Edition Library page of our site.

F. Scott Fitzgerald Facsimile First Edition Library Books

F. Scott Fitzgerald Facsimile First Edition Library Books

A few of the titles available in the First Edition Library editions:

Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Augie March by Saul Bellow
Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote
The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
Catch- 22 by Joseph Heller
Deliverance by James Dickey
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Farewell My Lovely by Raymond Chandler
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
From Here to Eternity by James Jones
God’s Little Acre by Erskine Caldwell
Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Main Street by Sinclair Lewis
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Mosquitoes by William Faulkner
My Antonia by Willa Cather
The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
On The Road by Jack Kerouac
One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
Rabbit Run by John Updike
Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell
The Wapshot Chronicle by John Cheever
Winesburg Ohio by Sherwood Anderson

For more information about these books or to build a collection integrating some of these titles please contact:

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

303-946-1494

Some Simple Book Collecting and Arranging Tips from Thatcher

Posted on February 7, 2011 by - Blog, Ideas and Advice

A few thoughts on buying and arranging books.  I wrote these simple tips for an article that appeared in Home By Design magazine a few weeks ago . . .

1. It’s best to pick a theme for a particular shelf, bookcase, or room and stick
with it. That theme can be a color, author, subject, size, etc.

White Clothbound Decorative Books

White Clothbound Decorative Books

2. Stick with a particular binding style or vintage for how you group the books
together. For example, stack a few leather books together. Place the modern
books with jackets in a separate stack.

Antique Leather Books from a Set

Antique Leather Books from a Set

3. Even if you read everything on an e-book reader, it’s nice to own the
hardcover version for your home. Pick up a used copy online at a good price a
few weeks after the book comes out.

Modern First Edition Books in Jackets

Modern First Edition Books in Jackets

4. The quality of art-book publishing gets better every year. Include oversize
books on art, architecture, photography, travel, etc., on shelves, coffee tables,
and all around the house.

Brand New Oversize Art Books

Brand New Oversize Art Books

5. Arrange books naturally. Don’t make them look too staged. It’s nice to have
some vertical, some horizontal, a few leaning, and others with their front covers
facing out. Showcase the covers of old vintage books with amusing designs.
For vintage or antique books, the distressed look of the page edges
might be nicer than the spines. Consider turning the page edges out for a
neutral vintage look.

Western Americana Books

Western Americana Books

6. Keep the collection fresh over time by rearranging the books into different
stacks, adding new acquisitions, and giving some away. Visit your local library sale, which is usually held annually, for great values
that support a good cause. Buy books on your travels. Pencil a note inside the books about where you
bought them and they will bring back memories.

Handpicked - Facsimile First Editions

Handpicked - Facsimile First Editions

– Thatcher

Juniper Books

Details and Links Re: New York Times Story

Posted on January 6, 2011 by - Blog, Press and News

It’s been a busy day and exciting day here!  The story in the New York Times is wonderful and I’ve heard from old friends, past clients, new fans, etc. If you didn’t see the article, here is a link to the article, and a separate link to the slideshow:

Selling a Book By Its Cover – Article

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/06/garden/06books.html

Books as a Way to Grace a Room – Slideshow

http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2011/01/05/garden/20110106-BOOKS-8.html

I wanted to take a minute to THANK a few people / firms who were mentioned in the article and provide links to their businesses too.  Please click on the links below to learn more:

Cullman & Kravis
The silver book jacket project show in the article is a collaboration with Cullman & Kravis and we have worked on many projects with them over the years.  Thank you Jenny and Ellie.  Additional photos of some projects we have worked on are available in our portfolio:

New Jersey Home

New Jersey Home

Beach House Library

Beach House Library

Cullman & Kravis Kips Bay Show House Room Mantle

Cullman & Kravis Kips Bay Show House

 

Abode Design of Austin, TX

The photo of the library of the Four Seasons Residences in Austin, TX was a collaboration with Fern Santini and Sally Rusch of Abode in Austin Texas – thank you.  Thank you also to the staff at the property for arranging the photo shoot.  The photo below links to another one of our projects with Abode.

Yoo Design / Icon Brickell

The photos of the magnificent wall of books at the spa of the Icon Brickell Residences in Miami, Florida was a collaboration with Victoria Smith of Yoo Design, the firm of Philippe Starck. Thank you to the management in Florida for coordinating the photo shoot.  Links to a couple other projects of ours that we collaborated on with Yoo Design are below.

The House in Dallas

 

95 Wall Street Library

95 Wall Street Library

The House in Dallas

Pottery Barn

Our book bundle product for sale just went live this week on the Pottery Barn website and in the catalog.  We put a lot of work into making the book bundles for sale and they are very unique decorative accessories.  We are thrilled to be working with a big company like the Pottery Barn, owned by Williams Sonoma Inc. and having them recognize the trend towards using books as decorative objects.

Pottery Barn Vintage Book Bundles

Pottery Barn Vintage Book Bundles

The modernist builder Steve Hermann who is quoted in the article is one of our clients.  The photo below links to our portfolio. Thank you Steve!

Installation of two thousand white wrapped books

Custom Wrapped White Books

Thank you to everyone at our PR firm DRS & Associates for making this publicity happen.  To contact us about press opportunities please see our press page at:

http://juniperbooks.com/about/press/

And of course, a big thank you to Penelope Green of the New York Times for writing such a thorough article, and to all the photographers and their beautiful work including Jamie Schwaberow who spent a half day at our warehouse in Boulder Colorado.   It was a lot of fun talking with them about the state of the book industry and sharing my thoughts on how book collections can be assembled and books can be modified and integrated into homes and businesses – I’m glad they were so interested in the story and the future of the book.

Custom Book Collections Built One Book at a Time

Posted on January 3, 2011 by - Blog, Recent Projects

When I turned my book collecting hobby into a bookselling business years ago, I started with rare and unusual books, bought one at a time, and sold one at a time.  My niche of building complete book collections and decorative libraries came a few years later after I already had a lot of experience and expertise buying books, identifying first editions, and selling to collectors and institutions. These days, I still help a lot of clients build book collections one book at a time and the fundamental knowledge I have about authors, books, subjects, sources for books, etc. comes in very handy helping with these projects.

I recently added a few new pages to the website and some photos of recent projects.  Good photos of past projects aren’t all available, but I will be adding more photos in the future as I build additional book collections.

Literary classics, in the broad definition, is probably the most requested type of book collection for a home library.  Authors like Mark Twain and Jane Austen are timeless and nice to own in a hardcover or leather bound edition.  Given my familiarity with authors, I can assemble collections of literary classics that appeal to any customer and if favorite authors are requested, I can easily extrapolate to other authors that might be of interest.

Handpicked Literary Classics

Handpicked Literary Classics

Literary classics in modern leather bindings, such as those published by Easton Press, are also very popular and decorative.

Modern Leather Literary Classics

Modern Leather Literary Classics

We handle a lot of antique leather books.  One of the differences in our overall approach to leather books is that we pay attention to both how the books look AND their content / titles. We also specialize in primarily all English language antique leather books.  For clients interested in a purely decorative antique leather library, we can deliver that at a very economical price.  For clients interested in building libraries of complete sets of particular authors we can assemble those as well.

Complete Works of George Eliot Leather

Leather Bound George Eliot

On the higher and more specialized end of book collecting are collections of First Editions we obtain for clients.  These range from a single book we might help a customer obtain for a gift, to finding collectible copies of rare and/or signed first editions for clients over time.  Recent requests have included first editions of Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, P.G. Wodehouse, Larry McMurtry, Will James, Frank Dobie, and others.

Agatha Christie and PG Wodehouse First Editions

Agatha Christie and PG Wodehouse First Editions

As we are based in Boulder, Colorado and have a lot of clients in the West – we buy and sell a lot of books about the West – Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, Idaho, etc.  We have several clients who we have worked with over years to build their collections one book at a time.  We also have clients who we have furnished entire libraries of hundreds of volumes of Western Americana at one time.

Western Americana Library

Western Americana Library

A somewhat related field is that of mountaineering books.  Given our base in Boulder, CO and our frequent work in the mountain communities, we see a lot of books about the mountains, rock climbing, skiing, and other related subjects and we find good homes for them!

Mountaineering Books

Mountaineering Books

We have built libraries for clients all over the world including yachts in the Mediterranean, homes in Italy and Switzerland, beach houses in California, South Carolina, Florida and New Jersey, beautiful homes in Arizona, Oregon, Connecticut, Indiana, Illinios, New York, etc. . . . One thing many of these clients have in common is that they have requested some books about the regional history of the areas where the homes are located.  We enjoy finding these books and having the homeowners and their guests delight in the discovery of learning local history.

New Mexico Book Collection

New Mexico Book Collection

Another popular request we receive is for children’s books, usually as part of larger collections.   We have recently assembled childrens’ books including complete sets of Nancy Drew, Hardy Boys, Harry Pottery, Laura Ingalls Wilder, NC Wyeth illustrated classics, kids editions of Mark Twain, Jack London, Robert Louis Stevenson and others.

Childrens Classics

Childrens Classics

We would be happy to discuss any project idea you have involving a custom book collection.  It is not an exaggeration to say that we can find books about just about any subject that you are interested in . . .

Thatcher

Antique Vellum Library

Posted on December 31, 2010 by - Blog, Recent Projects

When we look back at all the projects we helped clients with in 2010, one of our favorites is definitely a library of two thousand books we assembled for a home in Northern California.  Half of the books were antique vellum books (that’s right – one thousand antique vellum books) and the other half were antique leather books in light brown and golden brown tones.  Nearly all of the books were in English, and a massive number of literary classics filled the collection.

Vellum books are one of our specialties and this was just one of the projects Juniper Books worked on in 2010 involving vellum books.  I can pretty confidently say that we are one of the largest, if not the largest, dealer in vellum books in the world.

Vellum books are highly sought after for a number of reasons.  They are white leather books, bound in either young calfskin, goatskin or sheepskin.  The books look gorgeous in their white / off-white / cream tones, and usually have nice gold details on the spines and bindings which give them a very luxurious look.   Since vellum has always been a special and expensive material to work with, the books you find in vellum (at least from the 19th and 20th centuries) tend to be rare, limited editions of well known authors or important histories.  Thus a vellum book collection, if it is in the budget, will inevitably be special both in terms of how it looks and what it contains.

A collection of vellum books can also be hard to maintain in their pristine white bindings, which also makes the books in beautiful condition more valuable and elusive.  At Juniper Books we are very familiar with identifying vellum books that have been properly cared for and maintaining them.

While the photos in the gallery below focus on the vellum books, the combination of light brown leather and vellum books was spectacular.  For this project, we also did include some parchment and white cloth bound books that mixed very well with the vellum.  For those interested in buying vellum books, it is important to know the difference between real vellum, imitation vellum, parchment, and white cloth bindings made to look like vellum, and we will probably write up a separate blog post about that.

Our client for this library was very private so we cannot post any photos of their actual library, but here is a gallery of some of the antique vellum books Juniper Books selected for the project.

Happy New Year!

Juniper Books Portfolio of Custom Libraries and Decorative Books

Posted on December 28, 2010 by - Blog, Recent Projects

I’ve been working on getting photos of recent and past projects organized and onto the website, also trying to make finding them and viewing them more user-friendly.  The photos below are from our projects and show the variety of work that Thatcher and Juniper Books can do from building handpicked book collections for home libraries, modifying books and making custom book covers for visual merchandising and set design, and much more. The books we use range from antique leather books, to rare vellum bound books, modern literature, handpicked collections of specific authors and subjects, custom wrapped books in paper or fabric and custom printed book covers.

Please click on the links below to see more photos and information about these projects.  As always please contact Thatcher regarding regarding your project whether it is a need for a handpicked book collection, a decorative library, or just about any other project involving books.

Residential Projects

Jackson Hole Western LibraryJackson Hole Western Library

White Wrapped Books in Contemporary Home
White Wrapped Books in Contemporary Home
Traditional Handpicked Library
Traditional Handpicked Library
Antique Leather Library
Antique Leather Library
Collection of Antique Vellum Books
Antique Vellum and Leather Collection
Modern Colorado Home
California Estate Library
California Estate Library
Beach House Library
Beach House Library
Bookshelves at Kips Bay Show House 2010
Kips Bay Show House 2010

Commercial Projects

Hotel Lorien Alexandria Virginia
Hotel Lorien Alexandria Virginia
95 Wall Street Library
95 Wall Street Library
Commercial Book Installation Restaurant XIV
Books for Restaurant XIV
Library at The House Dallas Texas
Library at The House Dallas Texas
Visual Merchandising with Books
Visual Merchandising with Books
Lobby Bookcase W Hollwood Residences
Lobby Bookcase W Hollwood Residences
Prop Books for Set Design
Prop Books for Set Design
Custom Wine Book Covers at Bayleaf
Custom Wine Book Covers at Bayleaf

TV Story on Juniper Books’ Custom Libraries

Posted on November 26, 2010 by - Blog, Press and News

Back in October, a crew from 9 News in Denver came up to visit our warehouse in North Boulder for the day.  Gary Shapiro, the morning anchor, had read about Juniper Books in The Daily Camera a few days earlier and thought it would make for a good TV feature.  We agreed!

For a link to the TV story on the 9News website, please click here, be sure to click on the image on the right to play the video! Below are some still images that we took during the day.

Thatcher Restores Antique Leather Books on TV

Thatcher Leather Conditioning Books

Building a Custom Library of Western Americana books on TV

In Front of Western Americana Library

Gary Shapiro interviews Thatcher about Custom Libraries and Decorative Books

Gary Interviews Thatcher

Being a part of the TV show was a fun experience and I had never been on TV before.  I tried to about some of my normal routine doing things like conditioning antique leather books, but this time with the lights on, camera rolling, and being interviewed at the same time!   We also talked for a little while about a work in progress – the custom library of Western Americana books I am building for a home in Jackson Hole.  Manny, the cameraman, did a wonderful job capturing some images of various books around the warehouse that came out great on TV – such as the custom printed book jackets I introduced a few months ago and or creative use of books around the warehouse.

Special thanks and Gary and Manny from 9News for doing such a great job capturing the story of my business which I am very passionate about!  Thank you to Mary for shooting this photos.

For more information about any of the books or projects seen on TV please contact Thatcher.

Again, here is the link to watch the TV Story online.

From Styleture: 5 Reasons to Have a Home Book Library

Posted on September 2, 2010 by - Blog, Press and News

5 Reasons to Have a Home Book Library

September 2nd, 2010

After reading the title of this post you might be asking yourself, “Get with the times, buddy – I just bought an iPad. Why on earth would I need something as antiquated as a book library in my home?” Well this post will attempt to answer that question for you and give you some reasons why a home book library can be a rewarding design choice.

Leather book libraryHome library

1. An expression of one’s personality: This aspect is completely lost with the digitalization of books and music. With the advancements in technology most evident in such devices as the iPod, Kindle and now the iPad, we are losing the ability to learn about a person just by observing a record on their shelf or a novel in a bookcase. It used to be that you could learn an awful lot about a person’s interests just by taking a brief glance at what was sitting on their shelf; this is not the case anymore with e-readers that have reduced books to a collection of 1’s and 0’s.

2. A great way to impress guests: What better to show guests that you’re cultured and intellectual than some strategically placed Marcel Proust or 19th century Russian literature on your shelves? The best part is you don’t actually have to read them. They serve their purpose just sitting their collecting dust while you watch your favorite MTV reality shows.

3. Makes for a good conversation starter: In this case you probably need to have read the books on your shelf or at the very least read the blurb on the back of the dust jacket. A guest might see a book in your library and realize that you both share an intense interest in rare miniature frogs; a new friendship is then instantly formed.

4. When done right, it just looks cool: A shelf full of iPads is totally unnecessary – not to mention an odd design choice. Books, on the other hand, make for endless amount of decorative possibilities. You can outfit your home library in antique or modern leather, color sorted covers, vintage cloth, custom wrapped solids and whatever else looks good covering a book.

Yes, designing a home library can be a daunting task. How do I organize the books – alphabetically, by genre, chronologically, by size or color of book? What type of covers do I use for the books? Do I go with a contemporary or classic look? I suppose the answers to these questions depend much on personal preference, but there are companies whose sole job is helping you answer these types of questions. One such company is Juniper Books and founder Thatcher Wine. Juniper Books helps owners and designers build custom book collections for home libraries – fully customized based upon interests, design preference and budget. Afraid you don’t quite have the knowledge of a Harvard literature professor? No problem. Thatcher Wine’s knowledge of literature, history and art is broad, and his source for new and antique books is diverse. Not simply just a book worm, he also fully understands the creative and aesthetic possibilities of books. Wine is able to cater the bindings, color and size of the books to your particular design needs. To find out more about Juniper Books’ services visit www.juniperbooks.com.

Custom book libraryCustom book library

Ok. So maybe that’s only four reasons, but “five reasons” makes for a better title. Still, these four reasons should be more than enough to justify the continued existence of home book libraries into the 21st century. Feel free to share your reasons for a home book library in the comments section.