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New Photos, New Projects, New Products

Posted on September 17, 2012 by - Blog, Book Styles, Ideas and Advice, Press and News, Recent Projects

Coming Soon - New Photos, Projects and Products

2012 has been an incredibly busy and successful year at Juniper Books.  In fact we have been so busy filling orders the past several months that our website simply has not kept up to date with all of our offerings.

Coming Soon - New Photos, Projects and Products

Coming Soon – New Photos, Projects and Products

Over the next few weeks we will be trying to catch up by:

  • Adding new products to our online Store
  • Posting new projects to our online Portfolio and changing the navigation structure
  • Adding hundreds of photos to our Styles section – including new color options, customization choices, and various new styles not previously posted

A few things to note about our offerings:

  • Our online Store only has about 1% of the books we sell in it.  Juniper Books provides anything and everything related to books – rare books, complete libraries, book for decoration, and about a thousand other products and services.  With a few exceptions (our personalized book sets) our online store is really about ready made book sets (i.e., our Penguin sets, or our Jane Austen book collection.)   If you would like to hire us for something you don’t see in the store it’s best to e-mail thatcher@juniperbooks.com or call 303-946-1494.  We are adding more products to the online store over time however given the highly customized products and services we provide (curating book collections by color, size, subject, making custom book jackets, custom wrapping books, etc.) by nature many of our offerings will never appear in the store.
  • Our overall philosophy is that anything with books is possible.  We work with clients to help them get what they want from their books – this means different things to different customers.  For some clients this might involve sourcing a the best copy of a particular rare book or first edition, for others it might entail assembling 10,000 books by color for a commercial project and others might be involve us building a collection of a favorite author, then wrapping them in custom printed jackets with a special gift inscription.

I have been a lifelong collector of books and I have been selling books for about 12 years now.  Every day I feel like I am just getting started on what is possible with books and what I am trying to do at the intersection books + design.  I really appreciate the compliments we have received on the work we do at Juniper Books. We will keep the innovations flowing and we will continue to expand our offerings of more traditional / classical books too.  We look forward to working with our many customers and partners for years to come – thanks for keeping us so busy!

Thatcher

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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Academy Awards Green Room Video

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

Elizabeth Taylor Close Up Books

The Architectural Digest Greenroom at the Academy Awards this weekend looks pretty spectacular.  Since not everyone can be a presenter, award winner, or otherwise get backstage to see the room and the library we custom designed for the event, I made a short video highlighting our custom book jacket creations.  The video plays on the creative round trip we conceptualized of film onto books and books into film.  Enjoy . . .

We are working on adding more photos and video of this project today so stay tuned.  If anyone captures any footage on TV showing the room and our books, I’d love to hear about it!

Thatcher

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Vellum Style Custom Jackets

Posted on February 9, 2012 by - Blog, Book Styles

Custom Vellum Covers Closeup Harvard Classics

Our custom vellum style book jackets are designed to transform ordinary books into books that look like antique vellum (white leather) books.  They are one of our most popular styles.

This style of books from Juniper books – both the simulated vellum and the real thing were featured in the January 2011 issue of Veranda magazine.

  • The basic design is a cream toned jacket with gold details and titles.
  • We can customize them with a wide variety of accent colors and spine embellishments
  • We can build a library of books by subject and/or author and make these vellum style covers for them
  • Customer may also ship us their books to have new jackets put on
  • These jackets can either be printed with the titles of the underlying books or used to create a faux library of “filler” books that look like beautiful vellum books at a fraction of the cost (and very impressive titles!)

Below are some of the examples of how we can custom design and print these book jackets.  We take inspiration from our inventory of vellum bindings to design new styles. The result is classic looking books even if they are not truly classics.

Many clients have utilized our printed book covers to transform their libraries and shelves into very open, airy, uniform and luxurious spaces. The vellum style covers are a great way to make your bookshelves look light and spacious.

show house project we did with Darren Henault Interiors using about 1,000 vellum wrapped books is also featured in the September 2010 issue of New York Spaces magazine.

To compare these to the real thing – see antique vellum books.

We are starting to add some ready made sets using this style of book jacket to our online store, such as the Jane Austen set available below.

Jane Austen Vellum Set Custom Jackets

Jane Austen Vellum Set

To inquire about this style of books, please feel free to e-mail us through the form below.





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Juniper Books Holiday Gift Guide

Posted on November 25, 2011 by - Blog, Ideas and Advice

Happy holidays from Juniper Books!  Books make great gifts – no matter who the recipient is, one can always find a book that they will appreciate.  From rare books to unusual sets, customized book collecting services or even our custom book jackets – Juniper Books can help with you with unique and beautiful book gifts.

Below is our guide to some of our most popular book gifts – if you don’t see your preferred choice for your gift, please feel free to contact us at thatcher@juniperbooks.com – we have a lot of experiencing finding the perfect gift book for clients.

Literary Classics

Pink Jane Austen Set

Recently featured in Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Holiday Gift Guide, we took this new six volume set of the complete works of Jane Austen and made custom book jackets in a pink leather style for them.  $235.

Jane Austen Pink Leather Set Juniper Books

Jane Austen Pink Leather

“Read Me” Literary Classics

Lets face it, with the popularity of e-books these days, the books on your shelf are practically crying out “read me!”  This 4 book set makes a great gift for lovers of classic literature with a sense of humor.  $150

Read Me Literary Classics

Read Me Literary Classics

Penguin Classics – Make Your Own Set of 10

Penguin hardcover literary classics are beautifully designed books that make great gifts.  They are generally sold one at a time, however we we believe they look great as a set.  $200

 

Penguin Classics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modern Leather Literary Classics Set of 10

Full leather bound literary classics that look beautiful on the shelves and make great gifts. $350

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thackeray First Editions in Beautiful Red Leather Bindings

This is a one-of-a-kind set of 15 books, all first editions from William Makepeace Thackeray, custom bound in decorative red leather over a century ago.  Only one set available.  A great gift for any collector of first editions, classic British literature, or anyone interested adding rare books of lasting value to their shelves.  $3,000

Rare Thackeray First Editions for Sale

Rare Thackeray First Editions for Sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Literary Classics Set of 8 Books

This set of 8 books in custom jackets designed by Juniper Books makes a great gift for the literature lover with a modern aesthetic for their shelves.

Literary Classics 8 Book Set from Juniper Books

Literary Classics 8 Book Set

 

Victorian Style 5 Book Set

We took inspiration from antique Victorian books to design this set of 5 custom jackets wrapped around true American classics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brothers Grimm Illustrated Edition from Taschen

Another one of our favorite books of the year, we love this oversize illustrated edition of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales. $40

Taschen Brothers Grimm

Taschen Brothers Grimm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cookbooks

Cook’s Books Set

This set of 5 cook books clearly shows off the fact that these are the cook’s books!  Our custom jackets spell out “Cook’s Books” across the spines and contain the titles and authors of the books within the letters.  $250
Cook's Books in Blue

Cook's Books Set

Purely Decorative Books

Elephant Six-pack

We have designed a series of decorative book jackets that we sell with re-purposed law books, so these are purely decorative elements for the shelves. $90

Juniper Books Elephant

Juniper Books Elephant

Six-Packs in a variety of leather colors

Not real leather, hence their economical price point.  Available in simulated brown leather, red leather, black and white leather and vellum.  Please click on the photos below to be taken to the individual sets. $90

Brown-Leather-Style-Decorative-Books

Brown Leather Style Decorative Books

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Red Leather Style Decorative Books

Black-and-White-Leather-Style-Decorative-Books

Black & White Leather Style Decorative Books

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Vellum Style Decorative Books

Antique Leather Law Books

If you know someone who loves the look of leather books but the content is not important, however they still want the real thing and not our custom book jackets that look like leather, our antique leather law books by the foot are a good option.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juniper Books Gift Cards

If you can’t find exactly what you want, we can help you set up a gift card in any amount so that the recipient can pick out what they want.  The gift can be used towards anything book related – we can help with a rare book search, sourcing a first edition, building a curated book collection, designing custom book covers, custom leather bindings, and much more.  $ any amount

Juniper Books Gift Certificates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for looking and enjoy the holidays!

Thatcher

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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Library Ladder

Posted on October 2, 2011 by - Blog, Ideas and Advice, Recent Projects

After assembling a collection for a client in Texas, a high end luxury residences building, the client asked if we knew where they could purchase an attractive yet functional and safe library ladder.  We searched for them, but there seemed to be nothing available for sale between small step-stools and industrial (ugly) library ladders.

So, as with many things at Juniper Books that we do – if it doesn’t exist in the book world, we will create it.   This is Thatcher’s philosophy.

We partnered with a woodworker who drafted  a custom design for a library ladder that would be tall enough to reach the high shelves yet sturdy enough to be comfortable with the residents of the building – young and old – using the ladder.  It is entirely constructed of walnut wood, which gives it a beautiful appearance.  It rolls on weight sensitive casters so that it stays put when someone is standing on it.

We are accepting orders for library ladders and other custom book related woodwork projects such as bookshelves, bookcases, built-in bookcase, step-stools and library ladders. All designs, woods, and finishes may be completely customized.

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





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White’s Fine Editions Literary Classics in Decorative Bindings

Posted on August 30, 2011 by - Blog, Book Styles

We are big fans of publishers who design beautiful books these days, understanding that you have to deliver more value to the customer than simply putting words on a page and binding them – lets face it you have to give customers a reason to want to own a printed book.

White’s Books certainly goes above and beyond the call of duty by publishing superbly illustrated, finely designed and overall well crafted books in their White’s Fine Editions series of literary classics.  The books in their series are about the most beautiful way to own these classics and they are very affordable.

Unfortunately availability of these books has become limited and we are no longer selling them.

  1. Austen, Jane Pride and Prejudice
  2. Austen, Jane Emma
  3. Bronte, Charlotte Jane Eyre
  4. Bronte, Emily Wuthering Heights
  5. Dickens, Charles The Christmas Books
  6. Doyle, Arthur Conan Sherlock Holmes: His Greatest Cases
  7. Shakespeare, William Sonnets and Poems
  8. Stevenson, Robert Louis Treasure Island
Features of these British publications include:
  • Cloth-bound bindings with a unique wrap-around cover design
  • Artwork sourced from leading illustrators
  • Art direction by the award-winning designer of the Penguin Great Ideas series
  • A superior specification: thick, acid-free paper, printed endpages, coloured page tops and a marker ribbon
  • Elegantly typeset
These books are similar to the Penguin Classics series which we also sell.




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Easton Press Biographies

Posted on August 29, 2011 by - Blog, Book Styles

This page features various Biographies published by Easton Press ranging from political figures to entertainment celebrities and more.  These are unsigned editions.  To view our signed Easton Press books, which include many biographies and autobiographies, click here.

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Among our many specialties, Juniper Books is one of the largest buyers and sellers of fine leather-bound books from publishers like Easton Press and Franklin Press in the world.  We buy and sell nearly all of these beautiful leather bound volumes privately, so it is best to communicate with us directly about selling your collection or buying these books from us.  Our inventory changes rapidly yet we keep “want lists” for customers and we have helped our clients build their collections over years.

Modern leather-bound books make marvelous gifts and we have more experience than anyone in assisting our clients with selection and sourcing; from a single book to a curated collection of thousands. And, as these books are collectibles that appreciate in value over time, we are also very experienced in evaluating and appraising these volumes and we quite often advise clients on appropriate prices to pay for these books as many times they are overpriced in certain venues.

NB: We are posting this page as sort of a visual bibliography. Please ask for permission before using our photos for any commercial purposes, thank you.

 

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Custom Leather Bindings

Posted on August 18, 2011 by - Blog, Recent Projects

Over the past few months we have created a number of custom leather bindings for clients.  The art of bookbinding is a true art that requires patience and expertise in working with a variety of materials.

The resulting creations range from special editions of favorite books for a personal library to leather bindings to give as gifts.  Many colors of leather are available and there are numerous options for how the books can be designed and personalized ranging from putting names or company logos on the bindings, choosing how the titles and spines appear, selecting endpapers, and much more.

Below are a few samples of recent custom leather bookbinding work.

We Buy Books and Libraries

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

Arabian Nights in Vellum

Antique Vellum Books

We are always interested in buying the following types of books from collectors and booksellers individually or books in bulk:

Antique Leather Books (Complete Sets, Partial Sets , Individual Volumes, By the Foot, preferably in English, but will consider other languages)

Vellum Books

Parchment Books

Victorian Books / Bindings

Other Decorative Books / Bindings

Antique Sets of Literature and History

Easton Press Books

Franklin Library Books

Other Modern Leather Books

Art, Architecture and Photography Books

Literary Classics in Hardcover (Library of America, Everyman’s Library, Modern Library, etc.)

Heritage Press

Folio Society

Western Americana

Please use the form below or contact thatcher@juniperbooks.com to sell your books.

 

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

Turning Nancy Drew Pink

Posted on June 6, 2011 by - Blog, Recent Projects

A client recently hired us to help solve a problem – they wanted a complete set of Nancy Drew books in their daughter’s room, but they wanted them in pink, not the standard bright yellow edition that is commonly available.  Our solution – custom designed and printed book jackets!

Nancy Drew Yellow Before and Pink After

Nancy Drew Before and After

The pink also had to be a very specific pink so the designer sent us the paint chip to work from.  My philosophy has always been that you no longer have to accept books as they are, if you don’t like the way they look but want to keep them for the titles and content, we can help change them!

Nancy Drew Pink Jackets Magnifying Glass

Nancy Drew Set with Magnifying Glass

Growing up with Hardy Boys books and Nancy Drew books, we love to see these books still being read by kids today.  If it takes changing their color with new decorative book jackets, that’s a pretty easy solution that we are happy to be a part of.

Nancy Drew in Custom Jackets from Juniper Books

Nancy Drew in Custom Pink Jackets

We can make custom book jackets for any books – they can change the color and style of books so that they better integrate into a home library, bookshelf, or any room.  We can make them look like antique vellum, antique leather, create cool graphic designs, very modern styles, or just about anything else.

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





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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

Easton Press Books

Posted on May 27, 2011 by - Blog, Book Resources, Ideas and Advice

We’ve added an entire new area of the site that focuses on Easton Press books.  We now have pages devoted to different series of the leather bound books from Easton Press far beyond the 100 Greatest Books series (that page isn’t quite done yet).  You can link directly to the pages from the photos below.

I have always loved Easton Press published leather bound books and we are big fans of how they are keeping the art of leather bound books alive and well.  Easton Press publishes a beautiful assortment of literary classics and important histories.  We buy a lot of collections of Easton Press books from private individuals and are always happy to acquire libraries of these books.

To learn more about selling your Easton Press books to us, please click here.

We tend to price the books very reasonably and straightforwardly compared to other dealers – we believe that these are beautiful books that should be affordable and that individual volumes should not be overpriced due to temporary fluctuations in market availability.  When building a collection of Easton Press books, we generally price them at a flat rate per book or per foot and the result is that our customers get to buy more books in a very straightforward manner.  We keep customer lists on file so we can help complete series or collections over time.  Many of our customers for Easton Press books have worked with us over years and are consistently amazed at our ability to find elusive titles and willingness to sell them at low prices.

Please see our new pages through the link below, we will be adding many more photos and links from our collection soon:

Easton Press Author Collections

Author Collections

Biographies from Easton Press

Biographies

Great Books of the Twentieth Century Easton Press

Great Books of the Twentieth Century

History Easton Press

History

Library of the Presidents Easton Press

Library of the Presidents

Military History Easton Press

Military History

Other Easton Press

Other

 

 

Oversize Easton Press Books

Oversize

Science Easton Press

Science

Science Fiction Easton Press

Science Ficton

Easton Press Sets

Sets

Signed Easton Press

Signed

Custom Jackets – Simple Modern Designs

Posted on May 11, 2011 by - Blog, Recent Projects

2011 has been a very creative and fun year so far.  I’ve had the good fortune of doing projects with numerous homeowners and interior designers around the world.  While still a niche product, the people who are finding our custom designed and printed book jackets love them, and they are making a big difference in how their homes, bookshelves, libraries look.  We even did a fun project recently for the library of a yacht, bringing elegance and coordination to their library of travel guides.

One of the most popular styles I have introduced are  book jackets in solid colors with bold titles on the spines.  I love these because they create a really clean and unified look for bookshelves, bookcases and entire rooms.  Most of the photos in this gallery are in this style.  We can print them in any color / typeface combination.

Another cool new concept I have created is to put big bold letters on each book spine that have book titles and authors within them.  This gives the books a very clean modern appearance, it is a wonderful way to delineate sections within a library as well.

Designers and homeowners have requested specific pantone colors, sent us paint or carpet colors to match, etc. – I love the challenge of making books look great.

One of the main tenets of my philosophy about selling books and creating libraries is that you don’t have to accept books as they are but you also don’t have to pick your books just by color.   If you love your books and want to keep them but they don’t fit in to your design, I can change how they look.  If you want to start from scratch, I will assemble a collection of books in the exact subjects and sizes you would like, and make custom book covers for them so they are perfect for your space.

- Thatcher

Here are just a few recent creations:

Black Jackets with White Titles

Black Jackets with White Titles

Black White Grey and Purple Book Jackets with Printed Titles

Black White Grey and Purple Book Jackets with Printed Titles

Brown Cream and Orange Book Jackets with Printed Titles

Brown Cream and Orange Book Jackets with Printed Titles

Silver Book Jackets with Printed Titles

Silver Book Jackets with Printed Titles

To discuss your project with Thatcher, please e-mail thatcher@juniperbooks.com or call 303-946-1494.

Updated Antique Leather Books Page

Posted on May 4, 2011 by - Blog, Book Resources

At Juniper Books, while we are constantly reinventing the future of the library, we are also frequently at work building classical libraries that use a lot of unmodified books, beautiful as the day they were published / bound.

I have always loved leather bound books and I always will, the beauty of 19th century book design inspires me to do what I’m doing designing new book jackets all the time.  In my own library and those of many of my clients, I acquire and assemble leather bound collections including many literary classics, famous authors, and many times, just pretty nice decorative books . . .

I uploaded some new photos to the Antique Leather Styles page on the JuniperBooks.com website.  You can get there by clicking here:

And here are some of the new photos:
Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle

Georg Ebers

Georg Ebers

John Greenleaf Whittier

John Greenleaf Whittier

Sir Francis Bacon

Sir Francis Bacon

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

Custom Library Ladder Designed and Built

Posted on April 24, 2011 by - Blog, Recent Projects

Several months ago, we assembled a custom book collection for a client in Texas, a high end luxury residences building.  After the books were installed, the client asked if we knew where they could purchase an attractive yet functional and safe library ladder.  We searched for them, but there seemed to be nothing available for sale between small step-stools and industrial library ladders.

So, as with many things at Juniper Books that we do – if it doesn’t exist in the book world, we will create it.   This is Thatcher’s philosophy.

Custom Built Library Ladder in Juniper Books Warehouse

Custom Built Library Ladder in Juniper Books Warehouse

We partnered with a woodworker who drafted  a custom design for a library ladder that would be tall enough to reach the high shelves yet sturdy enough to be comfortable with the residents of the building – young and old – using the ladder.  It is entirely constructed of walnut wood, which gives it a beautiful appearance.  It rolls on weight sensitive casters so that it stays put when someone is standing on it.

Thatcher Wine on Custom Library Ladder

Thatcher Wine on Custom Library Ladder

We are accepting orders for library ladders and other custom woodwork that is book related: bookshelves, bookcases, built-in bookcase, step-stools and library ladders.  Please contact Thatcher to discuss your project.  All designs, woods, and finishes may be completely customized.

 

Juniper Books at the Pasadena Showcase House

Posted on April 18, 2011 by - Blog, Press and News, Recent Projects

We were flattered to be asked by designer Julie Kays to provide some books for her Lady’s Study at the Pasadena Showcase House of Design in Pasadena, California.  The Show house just opened yesterday and runs through May 15th.  It’s for a good cause so if you are in Southern California please visit!

http://www.pasadenashowcase.org/

The books we provided are a mix of real antique vellum and our custom printed vellum jackets made to look like antique vellum books.  For this room, Julie had room for about 300 books and wanted something special befitting the “lady of the house.”  The books we provided are special indeed – a mix of literature, history and travel all in white and cream tones with mostly gold, yellow, and charcoal accents.   They are unified by their antique vellum (aka white leather) appearance, perhaps the rarest of bindings and a style that we specialize in carrying both an authentic antique inventory of books and a style that we reproduced with our custom printed book jackets.

We are awaiting photos from the showhouse (feel free to send us yours and we will post them) but here are some photos of the books before they shipped.

Thanks Julie – it was a pleasure collaborating with you.  For more information on Julie Kays Design, please visit her site:

http://www.juliekaysdesign.com/index.html

For more information on our vellum book collections please click on this photo:

Vellum - Arabian Nights

Vellum - Arabian Nights

For more information on our custom designed and printed book collections including those made to look like antique vellum books, please click on this photo:

Simulated Vellum Book Jackets

Simulated Vellum Book Jackets

Stay tuned for more photos from Pasadena.

Thatcher

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

303-946-1494

Thatcher Wine Face Book Jackets – Check them out!

Posted on April 17, 2011 by - Blog, Recent Projects

We have been playing around with printing various photo based book jackets for a while.  As most of you know, I believe anything is possible when it comes to how books look – we can make custom book covers that change the appearance of any book, or turn the spines into an art / photo canvas.  These printed face books with my portrait (vain perhaps, but ones of my clients were not approved for release yet!) could make a cool gift, covers for your journals, etc. (I have about 46 other ideas for them, but I’m not going to post them just yet.)  Feel free to contact me to make a stack for you – the higher the resolution photo the better . . .

Thatcher Wine

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

303-946-1494

Latest Custom Jacket Creations from Juniper Books

Posted on February 8, 2011 by - Blog, Recent Projects

It has been an exceptionally busy few weeks since the New York Times article came out and a lot more people are now aware of some of the creative things I am doing with books!  One project that resulted from that publicity is still under wraps for a couple days, so check back on Thursday for some photos and news about one of the most fun and interesting projects I have worked on.  We have been very busy making new custom book jacket designs for various clients and projects, some of them are shown below.  We can do just about anything to design and print custom book covers in the exact colors and designs that work for your project, so please feel free to contact us.

Simulated Vellum Book Covers from Juniper Books

Simulated Vellum Book Covers

Sioux Ledger Drawings Across Book Spines

Sioux Ledger Drawings Across Book Spines

Valentines Day Custom Book Covers

Valentines Day Custom Book Covers

Clean and Uniform Custom Book Jackets

Clean and Uniform Custom Book Jackets

Pretty Lady on Horizontal Book Stack

Pretty Lady on Horizontal Book Stack

Simulated Leather Book Covers in Pretty Colors

Simulated Leather Book Covers in Pretty Colors

Thatcher Wine

Juniper Books

Boulder, CO

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

New York Times Article Featured and Discussed on Other Sites

Posted on January 13, 2011 by - Blog, Press and News

Thatcher Wine in the Juniper Books Warehouse

Thatcher Wine in the Juniper Books Warehouse

Since The New York Times article came out a week ago, I’ve gotten hundreds of phone calls and e-mails from friends, designers, homeowners, booksellers, bookbinders, graphic artists, potential employees, general fans, and lots of others!  I’m very flattered and have tried to answer every one of them quickly.  The article was also widely discussed on twitter, facebook, and a number of other sites, a few of which I have listed below.  Thanks again to all my friends new and old for your support.  I love what I do and I’m happy that see that others enjoy it too.

FYI, I have been busy filling new orders and creating some new jackets – will try to post some more photos next week of the latest creations.

- Thatcher Wine

New York Times original article

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

NotCot.org

http://www.notcot.org/post/37200/

Casa Sugar

http://www.casasugar.com/Juniper-Books-Custom-Libraries-Custom-Library-Collections-13145508

The Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/06/books-sold-by-their-cover_n_805253.html

Ragland Hill Social

http://gwendriscoll.blogspot.com/2011/01/youve-got-to-love-real-and-beautiful.html

Styleture

http://www.styleture.com/2011/01/06/books-as-decor/

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11006/1115983-47.stm

SeattleTimes

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/homegarden/2013866092_customlibraries07.html

AugustMan

http://www.augustman.com/2011/01/09/how-books-survive-in-an-ipad-age-as-custom-books-for-custom-libraries/thatcher-wine-who-owns-juniper-books-at-his-warehouse-in-boulder-colo-2/