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Modern Contemporary Book Jackets

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

Black White Grey and Purple Book Jackets 2

Our modern and contemporary styled book jackets are one of our most popular designs.  Below are a few examples of book covers we have designed for clients.  We can make these in any color, print any typeface, and we can either curate a custom collection of books by subject or author, or select books more economically if they are purely for decoration.

Colors are custom printed so the choices are endless – clients have sent us fabric samples, paint chips and pantone colors to match.  Typefaces may be customized and additional designs may be added.

Please contact Thatcher to discuss your custom book cover project.  He can be reached at thatcher@juniperbooks.com, 303-946-1494 or you can 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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41 North Hotel

Posted on August 20, 2011 by - Blog, Recent Projects

Juniper Books worked with DAS Architects on the beautiful waterfront 41 North Hotel in Newport, Rhode Island supplying the hotel with a variety of books for each suite and for the lobby.

The vision from the architects and property owners was a thoroughly modern and luxurious destination and that was also to be reflected in the books.  For each of the 24 rooms, Juniper Books assembled small collections of books that were color coordinated (blue and black for most rooms, grey for a few, and orange/red for some others) as well as handpicked by subject (nautical/sailing related, history, literary classics, etc.).

For the lobby/bar area, we built a collection of art and oversize books on a variety of topics of interest to the world traveling clientele including books on art, architecture, photography, global cultures, and more.

The hotel’s website describes the property well: “Marrying a cool and casual luxury with the excitement of our urban waterfront setting, we offer the best of Newport to all our guests – including a sense of eco-consciousness beginning with our brand new LEED-registered hotel accommodations . . . Sweeping views of Newport Harbor and Thames Street complement cool interior color palettes. Floor-to-ceiling windows and over-sized balconies in our Suites welcome the outside indoors – natural sunlight, fresh seaside breezes, and sunsets that our guests are not likely to ever forget.”

We love working on boutique hotel project like this where we can work directly with the owners, architects and designers and completely customize a selection of books that works perfectly with the look of the property and its location.

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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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

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





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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

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.

 

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/

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:

https://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