Tagged: Valentine’s Day Gifts

Literagram#24: Walt Whitman’s To A Stranger

Posted on February 12, 2012 by - Blog

Walt Whitman

a transcendental spin on the phrase “estranged lovers”…

Literagram#24: Walt Whitman’s To A Stranger

I have somewhere surely
Lived a life of joy with you,
All is recall’d as we flit by each other,
Fluid, affectionate, chaste, matured,

You grew up with me,
Were a boy with me or a girl with me,
I ate with you and slept with you, your body has become
not yours only nor left my body mine only,

You give me the pleasure of your eyes,
face, flesh as we pass,
You take of my beard, breast, hands,
in return,

I am not to speak to you, I am to think of you
when I sit alone or wake at night, alone
I am to wait, I do not doubt I am to meet you again
I am to see to it that I do not lose you.

 

Walt Whitman

my beard

 

To celebrate Saint Valentine, we’ve custom covered some book sets, which you can check out in our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide or by clicking the photo below.

Red Literary Classics

Gift Books for Your Valentine

About Us: Juniper Books is at the center of many things interesting, personalized and beautiful in the world of books. Thatcher Wine has been selling books and building custom libraries for 10 years. Whether a customer is searching for a first edition to give as the perfect gift, rebinding a childhood favorite in a new leather binding, desiring an entire library of a particular author or subject, or simply needing decorative books-by-the-foot in a specific color, Juniper Books can help. We work with private clients, interior designers, architects, visual merchandisers, set designers and many others around the world.

Valentine’s DIY Project

Posted on February 11, 2012 by - Blog, Ideas and Advice

Valentine's Day Gift Book Set with DIY Book Jackets

I’ve always said books make great gifts for any occasion as there is a book for everyone and the act of choosing and giving a book can be very personal.  Valentine’s Day provides a wonderful occasion to give a book or a set of books to your Valentine.  I created this do-it-yourself project for our friends at Design Sponge, they published it and it looks fantastic on their site: Valentine Book Collection from Juniper Books.

Valentine's Day DIY Book Jackets

Valentine's Day DIY Book Jackets

Here is the complete project – this is a great way to take four books you already own and dress them up as a new gift, or you can purchase new books for the project.  It only takes a couple hours to complete so you still have time to make before Valentine’s Day!  For the set of books I made, I chose four classic love stories, however it can be made with any books.

Materials for DIY Valentine Book Jackets

Materials for DIY Valentine Book Jackets

Materials:

4 Books of approximately equal size

2 large sheets of white drawing paper (approx. 19 x 25″ or larger)

2 large sheet of pink drawing paper (approx. 19 x 25″ or larger)

Note: I recommend a relatively lightweight paper for the white “inside” jacket and a thicker drawing paper for the “outside” jacket.

 

1 Fiskars Shape Cutter tool

1 Fiskars Hearts Template 4855

Pencil

Red Marker

24″ Paper Cutter (or a Rotary Cutter and X-acto knife will work fine)

24″ Ruler

Double sided tape or paper glue

Instructions:

1. Pick out your books

You can use books from your existing collection and give them a fresh new look, or find new or used books to buy.  The great thing about making these jackets is that it will turn your books into a uniform set, so they can be any color to start with.  Using the tools specified, the only requirement is that the books are at least 1″ thick – if they are smaller you will have to hand draw and cut the heart shapes.

Pick Out Your Valentine's Book Set

Pick Out Your Valentine's Book Set

2. Cut the book jackets to size

Like each book flat on its back with the spine facing you with both the paper and the book against a straight edge.  Mark the paper at the edge of the book.  You want the jacket to fit the height of the book precisely or slightly larger so that the original color of the book is covered up.  If you are using the 19 x 25″ paper, cut the paper on the long side so that you end up with a sheet that is the size of the book plus about 3-4 inches for the flaps at the front and back of the book – for example 9″ tall by 19″ long.  Cut one jacket of white paper and one of pink paper for each book. Do not discard the extra paper, we will use at least some of the white paper for a book band, and you can use the other scraps to practice shape cutting.

Mark Paper to Size of Books

Mark Paper to Size of Books

Cut Jackets Using Paper Cutter

Cut Jackets Using Paper Cutter

Alternate Paper Cutting Method

Alternate Paper Cutting Method

3. Fold the jackets around the books.

Before you start folding it’s helpful to pencil a number discreetly on each book and jacket so you know which jackets go with which book.   Place each book in the center of the jacket you have cut in order to fold the jacket around it.  Start with the white jacket.  Before folding the jacket around the front and back cover, “score” the jacket along the book edges, this will help with achieving a nice clean fold.  When you perform the second fold you will want to leave a little extra room, if the jacket is folded too tightly, it won’t allow the book to close completely.  You may need to give the top jacket – the pink one – even more breathing room in order for the book to open and close smoothly.

Scoring the Folding Edge

Scoring the Folding Edge

Keep Track of Which Books Go on Which Jackets

Keep Track of Which Books Go on Which Jackets

4. Cut the heart shapes on the pink jackets.

Take the pink jackets off the books.  There should be a nice visible fold showing the width of the spine.  Now, using your using your ruler and pencil, mark a spot that is in the middle of the spine width, at the same height across for all 4 of the book jackets.  I used 6″ from the bottom of the jacket to measure to the middle top of the heart.  Every book may be a different height so it is important to measure from the bottom for the hearts to align.   Working on one pink jacket at a time, align the smallest Fiskars Heart from the template (1″ wide) with your pencil mark.  Holding the template firmly in place, use the Fiskars Shape Cutter to cut out the heart.  If you do not have the Fiskars tools, you can easily draw the heart shape, then cut it out with an exacto knife.  Try practicing on the paper scraps you generated earlier if desired.

Measuring Placement for the Hearts

Measuring Placement for the Hearts

Alternative Freehand Heart Cutting Method

Alternative Freehand Heart Cutting Method

Cutting Hearts

Cutting Hearts

5. Writing L-O-V-E letters

Once all four of the heart shapes are cut out of the jackets, put the pink jackets back on the books so that the underlying white jackets show through.  Then, using your red marker, write one letter in each opening on the white paper that shows through the heart shapes.  If your books are different sizes, just make sure you have the order you will want to display them in before you write the letters.

Waiting for the Love

Waiting for the Love

Writing L-O-V-E Letters

Writing L-O-V-E Letters

L-O-V-E in the Hearts

L-O-V-E in the Hearts

6. Making a Book Band

Using some of the white paper scrap generated in the second step, you can make a book band to wrap around all the books in order to present them as a set along with your gift message.  To wrap around 4 books, you will likely need a 25″ piece of paper that is about 1.5″ wide, depending on the paper size you started with, you may need to tape or glue two scraps together.  Once you have the 1.5 x 25″ paper, line it up so that you can see where the visible portion will be on the spine – usually it’s nice to have have the paper taped or glued to itself on the back cover of the books.  Write your gift message on the book band.  Then attach the book band to itself with double sided tape or a few drops of glue.  The book band should be nice and tight so that it holds the books together securely.

Making a Book Band

Making a Book Band

Congratulations, your book set is now complete and ready for the big day!

Valentine's Day Gift Book Set with DIY Book Jackets

Valentine's Day Gift Book Set with DIY Book Jackets

Happy Valentine’s Day,

Thatcher

To see some of our Valentine’s Day book sets  for sale, please visit our store by clicking here or on the photo below.

I Love / Heart Books

I Love / Heart Books

Literagram#23: Robert Frost’s The Silken Tent

Posted on February 8, 2012 by - Blog

Robert Frost

 

today’s tents would make more stretched out similes…

 

Literagram#23: Robert Frost’s The Silken Tent

She is as in a field a silken tent

At midday when the sunny summer breeze

Has dried the dew and all its ropes relent,

So that in guys it gently sways at ease,

And its supporting central cedar pole,

That is its pinnacle to heavenward

And signifies the sureness of the soul,

Seems to owe naught to any single cord,

But strictly held by none, is loosely bound

By countless silken ties of love and thought

To every thing on earth the compass round,

And only by one’s going slightly taut

In the capriciousness of summer air

Is of the slightlest bondage made aware.

Robert Frost

dropped the People magazine when he saw the camera

 

To celebrate Saint Valentine, we’ve custom covered some book sets, which you can check out in our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide or by clicking the photo below.

Red Literary Classics

Gift Books for Your Valentine

 

About Us: Juniper Books is at the center of many things interesting, personalized and beautiful in the world of books. Thatcher Wine has been selling books and building custom libraries for 10 years. Whether a customer is searching for a first edition to give as the perfect gift, rebinding a childhood favorite in a new leather binding, desiring an entire library of a particular author or subject, or simply needing decorative books-by-the-foot in a specific color, Juniper Books can help. We work with private clients, interior designers, architects, visual merchandisers, set designers and many others around the world.

Literagram#22: William Shakespeare’s Those Lips That Love’s Own Hand Did Make

Posted on February 6, 2012 by - Blog

 

essential…

 

Literagram#22: William Shakespeare’s Those Lips That Love’s Own Hand Did Make

Those lips that Love’s own hand did make

Breathed forth the sound that said ‘I hate’

To me that languish’d for her sake;

But when she saw my woeful state,

Straight in her heart did mercy come,

Chiding that tongue that ever sweet

Was used in giving gentle doom,

And taught it thus anew to greet:

‘I hate’ she alter’d with an end,

That follow’d it as gentle day

Doth follow night, who like a fiend

From heaven to hell is flown away;

‘I hate’ from hate away she threw,

And saved my life, saying ‘not you.’

 

Shakespeare

not you

 

 

To celebrate Saint Valentine, we’ve custom covered some book sets, which you can check out in our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide or by clicking the photo below.

 

Red Literary Classics

Gift Books for Your Valentine

About Us: Juniper Books is at the center of many things interesting, personalized and beautiful in the world of books. Thatcher Wine has been selling books and building custom libraries for 10 years. Whether a customer is searching for a first edition to give as the perfect gift, rebinding a childhood favorite in a new leather binding, desiring an entire library of a particular author or subject, or simply needing decorative books-by-the-foot in a specific color, Juniper Books can help. We work with private clients, interior designers, architects, visual merchandisers, set designers and many others around the world.

Literagram#21: William Blake’s The Garden Of Love

Posted on February 4, 2012 by - Blog

William Blake

great variety in the garden of love…

Literagram#21: William Blake’s The Garden Of Love

Love seeketh not Itself to please,
Nor for itself hath any care;
But for another gives its ease,
And builds a Heaven in Hells despair.

So sang a little Clod of Clay,

Trodden with the cattle’s feet;

But a Pebble of the brook,
Warbled out these metres meet.

Love seeketh only Self to please,
To bind another to Its delight:
Joys in another’s loss of ease,
And builds a Hell in Heavens despite.

 

William Blake

off the cuff

To celebrate Saint Valentine, we’ve custom covered some book sets, which you can check out in our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide or by clicking the photo below.

About Us: Juniper Books is at the center of many things interesting, personalized and beautiful in the world of books. Thatcher Wine has been selling books and building custom libraries for 10 years. Whether a customer is searching for a first edition to give as the perfect gift, rebinding a childhood favorite in a new leather binding, desiring an entire library of a particular author or subject, or simply needing decorative books-by-the-foot in a specific color, Juniper Books can help. We work with private clients, interior designers, architects, visual merchandisers, set designers and many others around the world.

Literagram#20: John Donne’s The Ecstacy

Posted on February 2, 2012 by - Blog

 

Emma Thompson plays a Donne scholar in one of my favorite films—Mike Nichols’ Wit… 


Literagram#20: John Donne’s The Ecstacy

WHERE, like a pillow on a bed,

A pregnant bank swell’d up, to rest

The violet’s reclining head,

Sat we two, one another’s best.

 

Our hands were firmly cemented

By a fast balm, which thence did spring ;

Our eye-beams twisted, and did thread

Our eyes upon one double string.

 

So to engraft our hands, as yet

Was all the means to make us one ;

And pictures in our eyes to get

Was all our propagation.

 

As, ‘twixt two equal armies, Fate

Suspends uncertain victory,

Our souls—which to advance their state,

Were gone out—hung ‘twixt her and me.

 

And whilst our souls negotiate there,

We like sepulchral statues lay;

All day, the same our postures were,

And we said nothing, all the day.

 

If any, so by love refined,

That he soul’s language understood,

And by good love were grown all mind,

Within convenient distance stood,

 

He—though he knew not which soul spake,

Because both meant, both spake the same—

Might thence a new concoction take,

And part far purer than he came.

 

This ecstasy doth unperplex

(We said) and tell us what we love ;

We see by this, it was not sex ;

We see, we saw not, what did move :

 

But as all several souls contain

Mixture of things they know not what,

Love these mix’d souls doth mix again,

And makes both one, each this, and that.

 

A single violet transplant,

The strength, the colour, and the size—

All which before was poor and scant—

Redoubles still, and multiplies.

 

When love with one another so

Interanimates two souls,

That abler soul, which thence doth flow,

Defects of loneliness controls.

 

We then, who are this new soul, know,

Of what we are composed, and made,

For th’ atomies of which we grow

Are souls, whom no change can invade.

 

But, O alas ! so long, so far,

Our bodies why do we forbear?

They are ours, though not we ; we are

Th’ intelligences, they the spheres.

 

We owe them thanks, because they thus

Did us, to us, at first convey,

Yielded their senses’ force to us,

Nor are dross to us, but allay.

 

On man heaven’s influence works not so,

But that it first imprints the air;

For soul into the soul may flow,

Though it to body first repair.

 

As our blood labours to beget

Spirits, as like souls as it can;

Because such fingers need to knit

That subtle knot, which makes us man;

 

So must pure lovers’ souls descend

To affections, and to faculties,

Which sense may reach and apprehend,

Else a great prince in prison lies.

 

To our bodies turn we then, that so

Weak men on love reveal’d may look ;

Love’s mysteries in souls do grow,

But yet the body is his book.

 

And if some lover, such as we,

Have heard this dialogue of one,

Let him still mark us, he shall see

Small change when we’re to bodies gone.

 

 

John Donne

metaphysics to melt your heart

 

To celebrate Saint Valentine, we’ve custom covered some book sets, which you can check out in our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide or by clicking the photo below.

About Us: Juniper Books is at the center of many things interesting, personalized and beautiful in the world of books. Thatcher Wine has been selling books and building custom libraries for 10 years. Whether a customer is searching for a first edition to give as the perfect gift, rebinding a childhood favorite in a new leather binding, desiring an entire library of a particular author or subject, or simply needing decorative books-by-the-foot in a specific color, Juniper Books can help. We work with private clients, interior designers, architects, visual merchandisers, set designers and many others around the world.

Literagram#19: Robert Graves’ Symptoms Of Love

Posted on February 1, 2012 by - Blog

Robert Graves

 

grave advice…

Literagram#19: Robert Graves’ Symptoms Of Love

Love is universal migraine,
A bright stain on the vision
Blotting out reason.

Symptoms of true love
Are leanness, jealousy,
Laggard dawns;

Are omens and nightmares –
Listening for a knock,
Waiting for a sign:

For a touch of her fingers
In a darkened room,
For a searching look.

Take courage, lover!
Could you endure such pain
At any hand but hers?

 

Robert Graves

love's contentment can look rough

 

 

To celebrate Saint Valentine, we’ve custom covered some book sets, which you can check out in our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide or by clicking the photo below.

Purple Bronte Set

Juniper Books Valentine's Day Book Sets

 

About Us: Juniper Books is at the center of many things interesting, personalized and beautiful in the world of books. Thatcher Wine has been selling books and building custom libraries for 10 years. Whether a customer is searching for a first edition to give as the perfect gift, rebinding a childhood favorite in a new leather binding, desiring an entire library of a particular author or subject, or simply needing decorative books-by-the-foot in a specific color, Juniper Books can help. We work with private clients, interior designers, architects, visual merchandisers, set designers and many others around the world.

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Posted on January 31, 2012 by - Blog, Book Resources, Ideas and Advice

Purple Bronte Set

I firmly believe that books make great gifts for any occasion and for every potential gift recipient, there is a book you can give them that they will love, even if they don’t like books!  Sorry if that was a bit of brain twister, but it’s true – if literary classics aren’t of interest, an impressive coffee table book on a favorite topic (Motorcycles? Paris? Fried Chicken?) might appeal!

February has arrived and Valentine’s Day isn’t far away.  For the holiday we have created several Valentine’s Day themed book sets matched with our custom book jackets in reds, pinks, purples and other colors.   Below you will find links to our new offerings.  Please click on the links below or on the photos to be taken directly to the items in our online store.

1. I Love Books Set – $150.  This set shows that the proud owner loves printed books – and the “love” books have been specifically selected for Valentine’s Day given their romantic themes.  The set of 5 brand new books includes Persuasion by Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.  See also the slight variation on this set.

I Love / Heart Books

I Love / Heart Books

2. Jane Austen Set in pink leather style jackets – $235.  Our most popular set when we launched it just before the holidays at the end of 2011, the product was featured in Gwyneth Paltrow’s GOOP. The set is comprised of the complete works of Jane Austen, published by Oxford, then we made custom printed jackets to look like pink leather covers.  A great gift set of classic novels including Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice and Emma.

Jane Austen Pink Leather Style Book Set

Jane Austen Pink Leather Style Book Set

3. Literary Classics in Red- $250.  This set incorporates 8 literary classics with our custom jackets in a bold modern design that spells out exactly what they are.  The books are all new and include Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton.

Literary Classics in Red

Literary Classics in Red

4. Valentine’s Day Decorative 3 Book Set ($45) and Decorative 5 Book Set ($75).  The underlying books are re-purposed law books, so these sets are all about the design of the jackets, which are eye-catching, fun and very pink!  These are great for decorating the house for an event, or for retailers to merchandise store windows.

Valentines Day 3 Book Decorative Set

Valentines Day 3 Book Decorative Set

Valentines 5 Book Decorative Set Head On

Horizontal Valentine's Day Set

5. Modern Victorian Set in Red – $225.  This set uses a classic Victorian book design from the late 19th century for the book jackets, wrapped around five 20th Century American classics.  The books include classics from Faulkner, Steinbeck, Fitzgerald, Willa Cather and John Cheever.

Modern Victorian Book Set in Red

Modern Victorian Book Set in Red

6. Cook’s Books in Pink – $250. Our set of 5 classic cookbooks now comes in pink for Valentine’s Day.  Cleverly contained within the letters for Cook’s Books are the titles and authors of the books.  The books are all brand new and include The Joy of Cooking, The Essential New York Times Cookbook and American Cookery by James Beard.

Pink Cook's Books Set

Pink Cook's Books Set

7. I Love J.D. Salinger Set – $150.  Salinger is one of my favorite writers and I came up with this simple idea for the four volumes that make up his complete works.  Like the “Literary Classics” and “Cook’s Books” sets above, this set places the titles for the books within the letters on the spines.  This is a great gift for guys – trust me!

I Love JD Salinger Set

I Love JD Salinger Set

 

8. European Engraving “Six Pack” – $90.  This set of 6 books is purely decorative.  We have re-purposed six substantially sized law books with an image from an antique engraving that is beautiful, detailed and engaging.  This is a fun way to decorate your shelves with a festive image of lovers, musicians and revelers at a Renaissance village gathering. –

European Engraving Book Set

European Engraving Decorative Book Set

9. Bronte Sisters Purple Book Set – $300.  This set of 7 books represent the complete works of the Brontë sisters – Anne, Charlotte and Emily.  The classic works include Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre.  We unified the set with a very pretty floral design and jackets printed in a leather style in purple .

Purple Bronte Set

Brontë Sisters in Purple Jackets

10. Two Ladies Traveling Decorative Set- $60.  This set isn’t necessarily specific to Valentine’s Day, but I think it’s a very nice design for the shelves.  Like the European Engraving set above, it uses re-purposed law books as the underlying volumes.  The beautiful jacket design is based on a Victorian book cover that we love.

Two Ladies Travelling Decorative Book Set

Two Ladies Traveling Decorative Book Set

11. Pretty Woman in Mirror Decorative Set – $60.  Same as the set immediately above, a Victorian book cover caught our eye and we turned it into a design for the book jackets on this set of re-purposed law books.  Our ideas for book designs are sometimes purely decorative and not about the content of the books – sometimes we combine content and style, sometimes we choose one over the other!

Pretty Woman in the Mirror Decorative Book Set

Pretty Woman in the Mirror Decorative Book Set

12. Blank Journals – $15 each.  This is a new experiment for us!  We are taking old book designs that we love and using the artwork on the covers of blank unlined journals.  They aren’t fancy, but they are unique and you won’t find them anywhere else.  Depending on how this experiment goes (please buy one!) we will continue to develop this line and create some very interesting journals . . .

Juniper Books Blank Journals with Vintage Book Covers

Juniper Books Blank Journals with Vintage Book Covers

13. Penguin Classics – we didn’t create these, but we love their design and are happy to build custom collections of them.  We offer a set of 10 where you can pick your titles and we will ship the selected books to you.

Penguin Classics

Penguin Classics

14. Gift Certificates – if you want to give the gift of books but don’t know exactly what to buy, our gift certificates are a great choice.  Unlike a traditional bookstore where the gift certificate is only good towards what they have in the store, you can use Juniper Books Gift Certificates towards anything and everything book related – custom book jackets, custom bookbinding, rare book or first edition searches, and much more.

A quick thank you to the various blogs who have discovered some of our Valentine’s Day creations and featured them on their sites including DesignSponge.com, BookRiot.com and lots of tumblr users.  We love how the web works and how everyone can discover something they never knew existed!  Keep it flowing . . .

Happy Almost Valentine’s Day!

Thatcher

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

Literagram#18: John Milton’s Methought I Saw My Late Espoused Saint

Posted on January 30, 2012 by - Blog

the last line is, apparently, a reference to Milton’s myopia as much as a lament for his late wife…

Literagram#18: John Milton’s Methought I Saw My Late Espoused Saint

Methought I saw my late espoused saint

Brought to me, like Alcestis from the grave,

Whom Jove’s great son to her glad husband gave,

Rescu’d from death by force, though pale and faint.

Mine, as whom wash’d from spot of child-bed taint

Purification in the old Law did save,

And such as yet once more I trust to have

Full sight of her in Heaven without restraint,

Came vested all in white, pure as her mind;

Her face was veil’d, yet to my fancied sight

Love, sweetness, goodness in her person shin’d

So clear as in no face with more delight.

But oh! As to embrace me she inclin’d,

I wak’d, she fled, and day brought back my night.

 

John Miltonalso wrote controversial defenses of divorce

 

To celebrate Saint Valentine, we’ve made some lovely new book sets. You can find them in our store by clicking here or by clicking the photo below…

 

About Us: Juniper Books is at the center of many things interesting, personalized and beautiful in the world of books. Thatcher Wine has been selling books and building custom libraries for 10 years. Whether a customer is searching for a first edition to give as the perfect gift, rebinding a childhood favorite in a new leather binding, desiring an entire library of a particular author or subject, or simply needing decorative books-by-the-foot in a specific color, Juniper Books can help. We work with private clients, interior designers, architects, visual merchandisers, set designers and many others around the world.

Literagram#17: e.e. cummings’ somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond

Posted on January 28, 2012 by - Blog

ee cummings

 

cummings’ poem about the “shift” key… 

Literagram#17: e.e. cummings’ somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond

somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond

any experience, your eyes have their silence:

in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,

or which i cannot touch because they are too near

 

your slightest look easily will unclose me

though i have closed myself as fingers,

you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens

(touching skillfully, mysteriously) her first rose

 

or if your wish be to close me, i and

my life will shut very beautifully, suddenly,

as when the heart of this flower imagines

the snow carefully everywhere descending;

 

nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals

the power of your intense fragility: whose texture

compels me with the color of its countries,

rendering death and forever with each breathing

 

(i do not know what it is about you that closes

and opens; only something in me understands

the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)

nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands

 

ee cummings

lowercase lover

To celebrate Saint Valentine, we’ve made some lovely new book sets. You can find them in our store by clicking here or by clicking the photo below…

 

Purple Bronte Set

Juniper Books Valentine's Day Book Sets

 

About Us: Juniper Books is at the center of many things interesting, personalized and beautiful in the world of books. Thatcher Wine has been selling books and building custom libraries for 10 years. Whether a customer is searching for a first edition to give as the perfect gift, rebinding a childhood favorite in a new leather binding, desiring an entire library of a particular author or subject, or simply needing decorative books-by-the-foot in a specific color, Juniper Books can help. We work with private clients, interior designers, architects, visual merchandisers, set designers and many others around the world.

Literagram#16: John Keats’ O Love Me Truly

Posted on January 27, 2012 by - Blog

 

don’t get thee to a nunnery…


Literagram#16: John Keats’ O Love Me Truly

You say you love; but with a voice
Chaster than a nun’s, who singeth
The soft vespers to herself
While the chime-bell ringeth—
O love me truly!

You say you love; but with a smile
Cold as sunrise in September,
As you were Saint Cupid’s nun,
And kept his weeks of Ember—
O love me truly!

You say you love; but then your lips
Coral tinted teach no blisses,
More than coral in the sea—
They never pout for kisses—
O love me truly!

You say you love; but then your hand
No soft squeeze for squeeze returneth;
It is like a statue’s, dead,—
While mine for passion burneth—
O love me truly!

O breathe a word or two of fire!
Smile, as if those words should burn me,
Squeeze as lovers should—O kiss
And in thy heart inurn me—
O love me truly!

 

 

William Butler Yeats

wanted a warmer squeeze

 

To celebrate Saint Valentine, we’ve made some lovely new book sets. You can find them in our store by clicking here or by clicking the photo below…

 

About Us: Juniper Books is at the center of many things interesting, personalized and beautiful in the world of books. Thatcher Wine has been selling books and building custom libraries for 10 years. Whether a customer is searching for a first edition to give as the perfect gift, rebinding a childhood favorite in a new leather binding, desiring an entire library of a particular author or subject, or simply needing decorative books-by-the-foot in a specific color, Juniper Books can help. We work with private clients, interior designers, architects, visual merchandisers, set designers and many others around the world.

Literagram#15: Tennyson’s Marriage Morning

Posted on January 26, 2012 by - Blog

 

15 minus 5 is the nothing I got… 

 

Literagram#15: Tennyson’s Marriage Morning

Light, so low upon earth,

You send a flash to the sun.

Here is the golden close of love,

All my wooing is done.

Oh, the woods and the meadows,

Woods where we hid from the wet,

Stiles where we stay’d to be kind,

Meadows in which we met!

Light, so low in the vale

You flash and lighten afar,

For this is the golden morning of love,

And you are his morning star.

Flash, I am coming, I come,

By meadow and stile and wood,

Oh, lighten into my eyes and heart,

Into my heart and my blood!

Heart, are you great enough

For a love that never tires?

O’ heart, are you great enough for love?

I have heard of thorns and briers,

Over the meadow and stiles,

Over the world to the end of it

Flash for a million miles.

 

 

Alfred Lord Tennyson

million mile stare for a flash

 

To celebrate Saint Valentine, we’ve made some lovely new book sets. You can find them in our store by clicking here or by clicking the photo below…

 

Red Literary Classics

Gift Books for Your Valentine

 

About Us: Juniper Books is at the center of many things interesting, personalized and beautiful in the world of books. Thatcher Wine has been selling books and building custom libraries for 10 years. Whether a customer is searching for a first edition to give as the perfect gift, rebinding a childhood favorite in a new leather binding, desiring an entire library of a particular author or subject, or simply needing decorative books-by-the-foot in a specific color, Juniper Books can help. We work with private clients, interior designers, architects, visual merchandisers, set designers and many others around the world.

Literagram#14: Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Love’s Philosophy

Posted on January 25, 2012 by - Blog

 

 

amorous monism…

 

Literagram#14: Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Love’s Philosophy

The fountains mingle with the river,
And the rivers with the ocean;
The winds of heaven mix forever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine
In another’s being mingle–
Why not I with thine?

See, the mountains kiss high heaven,
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister flower could be forgiven
If it disdained its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea;–
What are all these kissings worth,
If thou kiss not me?

 

 

Percy Bysshe Shelley

kiss me, I'm a monist

To celebrate Saint Valentine, we’ve made some lovely new book sets. You can find them in our store by clicking here or by clicking the photo below…

 

Red Literary Classics

Gift Books for Your Valentine

 

About Us: Juniper Books is at the center of many things interesting, personalized and beautiful in the world of books. Thatcher Wine has been selling books and building custom libraries for 10 years. Whether a customer is searching for a first edition to give as the perfect gift, rebinding a childhood favorite in a new leather binding, desiring an entire library of a particular author or subject, or simply needing decorative books-by-the-foot in a specific color, Juniper Books can help. We work with private clients, interior designers, architects, visual merchandisers, set designers and many others around the world.

Literagram#13: Langston Hughes’ Love Song For Lucinda

Posted on January 24, 2012 by - Blog

I could pass up a plum—good poem though…

Literagram#13: Langston Hughes’ Love Song For Lucinda

Love
Is a ripe plum
Growing on a purple tree.
Taste it once
And the spell of its enchantment
Will never let you be.

Love
Is a bright star
Glowing in far Southern skies.
Look too hard
And its burning flame
Will always hurt your eyes.

Love
Is a high mountain
Stark in a windy sky.
If you
Would never lose your breath
Do not climb too high.

 

Lanston Hughes

don't look too hard

To celebrate Saint Valentine, we’ve made some lovely new book sets. You can find them in our store by clicking here or by clicking the photo below…

Red Literary Classics

Gift Books for Your Valentine

About Us:  Juniper Books is at the center of many things interesting, personalized and beautiful in the world of books. Thatcher Wine has been selling books and building custom libraries for 10 years. Whether a customer is searching for a first edition to give as the perfect gift, rebinding a childhood favorite in a new leather binding, desiring an entire library of a particular author or subject, or simply needing decorative books-by-the-foot in a specific color, Juniper Books can help. We work with private clients, interior designers, architects, visual merchandisers, set designers and many others around the world.

Literagram#12: Christina Rosetti’s I Wish I Could Remember That First Day

Posted on January 23, 2012 by - Blog

Our twelfth poet apparently called off a multi-year engagement upon her husband-to-be’s conversion from Anglicanism to Catholicism. That’s devotion…

Literagram#12: Christina Rosetti’s I Wish I Could Remember That First Day

I wish I could remember that first day,
    First hour, first moment of your meeting me,
    If bright or dim the season, it might be
Summer or Winter for aught I can say;
So unrecorded did it slip away,
    So blind was I to see and to foresee,
    So dull to mark the budding of my tree
That would not blossom yet for many a May.
If only I could recollect it, such
    A day of days! I let it come and go
    As traceless as a thaw of bygone snow;
It seemed to mean so little, meant so much;
If only now I could recall that touch,
    First touch of hand in hand – Did one but know!

 

Christina Rosetti

looking for an Anglican that doesn't smoke and loves animals

To celebrate Saint Valentine, we’ve made some lovely new book sets. You can find them in our store by clicking here or by clicking the photo below…
I Love Books from Juniper Books
Click me for more custom covered Valentine sets

About Us: Juniper Books is at the center of many things interesting, personalized and beautiful in the world of books. Thatcher Wine has been selling books and building custom libraries for 10 years. Whether a customer is searching for a first edition to give as the perfect gift, rebinding a childhood favorite in a new leather binding, desiring an entire library of a particular author or subject, or simply needing decorative books-by-the-foot in a specific color, Juniper Books can help. We work with private clients, interior designers, architects, visual merchandisers, set designers and many others around the world.

Literagram#11: Petrarch’s Love Sonnets To Laura

Posted on January 22, 2012 by - Blog

Petrarch’s famous first sighting of the unrequited love of his life…

Literagram#11: Petrarch’s Love Sonnets To Laura

It was the day the sun’s ray had turned pale

with pity for the suffering of his Maker

when I was caught, and I put up no fight,

my lady, for your lovely eyes had bound me.

 

It seemed no time to be on guard against

Love’s blows; therefore, I went my way

secure and fearless—so, all my misfortunes

began in midst of universal woe.

 

Love found me all disarmed and found the way

was clear to reach my heart down through the eyes

which have become the halls and doors of tears.

 

It seems to me it did him little honour

to wound me with his arrow in my state

and to you, armed, not show his bow at all.

 

Petrarch

the artist's jests about resting on one's laurels only drew a soft smile

To celebrate Saint Valentine, we’ve made some lovely new book sets. You can find them in our store by clicking here or by clicking the photo below…

Juniper Books Valentine's Day Gifts

Juniper Books Valentine's Day Gifts

About Us: Juniper Books is at the center of many things interesting, personalized and beautiful in the world of books. Thatcher Wine has been selling books and building custom libraries for 10 years. Whether a customer is searching for a first edition to give as the perfect gift, rebinding a childhood favorite in a new leather binding, desiring an entire library of a particular author or subject, or simply needing decorative books-by-the-foot in a specific color, Juniper Books can help. We work with private clients, interior designers, architects, visual merchandisers, set designers and many others around the world.

Literagram#10: Emerson’s Give All To Love

Posted on January 21, 2012 by - Blog

Scrabble tip #10: ‘diadem’…

Literagram#10: Emerson’s Give All To Love

Give all to love;
Obey thy heart;
Friends, kindred, days,
Estate, good fame,
Plans, credit, and the muse;
Nothing refuse.

‘Tis a brave master,
Let it have scope,
Follow it utterly,
Hope beyond hope;
High and more high,
It dives into noon,
With wing unspent,
Untold intent;
But ’tis a god,
Knows its own path,
And the outlets of the sky.
‘Tis not for the mean,
It requireth courage stout,
Souls above doubt,
Valor unbending;
Such ’twill reward,
They shall return
More than they were,
And ever ascending.

Leave all for love;—
Yet, hear me, yet,
One word more thy heart behoved,
One pulse more of firm endeavor,
Keep thee to-day,
To-morrow, for ever,
Free as an Arab
Of thy beloved.
Cling with life to the maid;
But when the surprise,
Vague shadow of surmise,
Flits across her bosom young
Of a joy apart from thee,
Free be she, fancy-free,
Do not thou detain a hem,
Nor the palest rose she flung
From her summer diadem.

Though thou loved her as thyself,
As a self of purer clay,
Tho’ her parting dims the day,
Stealing grace from all alive,
Heartily know,
When half-gods go,
The gods arrive.

 

Ralph Waldo Emerson

an evenhanded essay on the pros and cons of self-reliance


To celebrate Saint Valentine, we’ve made some lovely new book sets. You can find them in our store by clicking here or by clicking the photo below…

Juniper Books Valentine's Day Gifts

Juniper Books Valentine's Day Gifts

 

About Us: Juniper Books is at the center of many things interesting, personalized and beautiful in the world of books. Thatcher Wine has been selling books and building custom libraries for 10 years. Whether a customer is searching for a first edition to give as the perfect gift, rebinding a childhood favorite in a new leather binding, desiring an entire library of a particular author or subject, or simply needing decorative books-by-the-foot in a specific color, Juniper Books can help. We work with private clients, interior designers, architects, visual merchandisers, set designers and many others around the world.

Literagram#9: Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Desire

Posted on January 20, 2012 by - Blog

writing desk…inkwell…quill…parchment paper…candle-wax…candle-wick…candle-flame?…flame?…pure flame…

Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Desire

Where true Love burns Desire is Love’s pure flame;

It is the reflex of our earthly frame,

That takes its meaning from the nobler part,

And but translates the language of the heart.

 

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

the eye-roll reflex


To celebrate Saint Valentine, we’ve made some lovely new book sets. You can find them in our store by clicking here or by clicking the photo below…

 

Juniper Books Valentine's Day Gifts

Juniper Books Valentine's Day Gifts

 

About Us: Juniper Books is at the center of many things interesting, personalized and beautiful in the world of books. Thatcher Wine has been selling books and building custom libraries for 10 years. Whether a customer is searching for a first edition to give as the perfect gift, rebinding a childhood favorite in a new leather binding, desiring an entire library of a particular author or subject, or simply needing decorative books-by-the-foot in a specific color, Juniper Books can help. We work with private clients, interior designers, architects, visual merchandisers, set designers and many others around the world.

Literagram#8: Dante’s Twenty-Fourth Sonnet from La Vita Nuova

Posted on January 19, 2012 by - Blog

Dante’s twenty-fourth gets new life as our eighth.

Dante’s Twenty-Fourth Sonnet from La Vita Nuova

I felt a stirring in my heart

of a spirit of love which slept:

and then I saw Love coming from afar

so happy, that I scarcely recognised him,

saying : ‘Now think only to honour me’:

and he was smiling at every word.

And while my lord was standing by me,

I, gazing at the road that he had come,

saw lady Vanna and lady Bice

approaching the place where I was,

one miracle behind the other:

and as my mind repeats it to me,

Amor said to me: ‘That lady is Primavera,

and this lady has Love’s name, so resembling me.’

 

Dante

would go to hell and back for you


To celebrate Saint Valentine, we’ve made some lovely new book sets. You can find them in our store by clicking here or by clicking the photo below…

 

Juniper Books Valentine's Day Gifts

Juniper Books Valentine's Day Gifts

 

About Us: Juniper Books is at the center of many things interesting, personalized and beautiful in the world of books.  Thatcher Wine has been selling books and building custom libraries for 10 years.  Whether a customer is searching for a first edition to give as the perfect gift, rebinding a childhood favorite in a new leather binding, desiring an entire library of a particular author or subject, or simply needing decorative books-by-the-foot in a specific color, Juniper Books can help.  We work with private clients, interior designers, architects, visual merchandisers, set designers and many others around the world.

Literagram#7: Elizabeth Akers Allen’s At Last

Posted on January 18, 2012 by - Blog

The seventh shall be last…

Elizabeth Akers Allen’s At Last

At last, when all the summer shine
That warmed life’s early hours is past,
Your loving fingers seek for mine
And hold them close—at last—at last!
Not oft the robin comes to build
Its nest upon the leafless bough
By autumn robbed, by winter chilled,—
But you, dear heart, you love me now.

Though there are shadows on my brow
And furrows on my cheek, in truth,—
The marks where Time’s remorseless plough

Broke up the blooming sward of Youth,—
Though fled is every girlish grace
Might win or hold a lover’s vow,
Despite my sad and faded face,
And darkened heart, you love me now!

I count no more my wasted tears;
They left no echo of their fall;
I mourn no more my lonesome years;
This blessed hour atones for all.
I fear not all that Time or Fate
May bring to burden heart or brow,—
Strong in the love that came so late.

Elizabeth Askers Allen

At First


To celebrate Saint Valentine, we’ve made some lovely new covers for five different book sets. You can find the sets in our store by clicking here or by clicking the photo below…

 

Red Literary Classics

Gift Books for Your Valentine

 

 

 

 

About Us: Juniper Books is at the center of many things interesting, personalized and beautiful in the world of books.  Thatcher Wine has been selling books and building custom libraries for 10 years.  Whether a customer is searching for a first edition to give as the perfect gift, rebinding a childhood favorite in a new leather binding, desiring an entire library of a particular author or subject, or simply needing decorative books-by-the-foot in a specific color, Juniper Books can help.  We work with private clients, interior designers, architects, visual merchandisers, set designers and many others around the world.

Literagram#6: Thomas Moore’s Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Charms

Posted on January 17, 2012 by - Blog

An enduring Irish valentine…

Thomas Moore’s Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Charms

Believe me, if all those endearing young charms,

Which I gaze on so fondly to-day,

Were to change by to-morrow, and fleet in my arms,

Live fairy-gifts fading away,

Thou wouldst still be adored, as this moment thou art,

Let thy loveliness fade as it will,

And around the dear ruin each wish of my heart

Would entwine itself verdantly still.

It is not while beauty and youth are thine own,

And thy cheeks unprofaned by a tear,

That the fervor and faith of a soul may be known,

To which time will but make thee more dear!

No, the heart that has truly loved never forgets,

But as truly loves on to the close,

As the sunflower turns on her god when he sets

The same look which she turned when he rose!

 

Thomas Moore's Blush

Blushed by love or by Byron's comments about that duel debacle?


To celebrate Saint Valentine, we’ve made some lovely new covers for five different book sets. You can find the sets in our store by clicking here or by clicking the photo below… 

 

Valentines Gifts

2012 Valentine's Day Book Sets

 

About Us: Juniper Books is at the center of many things interesting, personalized and beautiful in the world of books.  Thatcher Wine has been selling books and building custom libraries for 10 years.  Whether a customer is searching for a first edition to give as the perfect gift, rebinding a childhood favorite in a new leather binding, desiring an entire library of a particular author or subject, or simply needing decorative books-by-the-foot in a specific color, Juniper Books can help.  We work with private clients, interior designers, architects, visual merchandisers, set designers and many others around the world.

 

Literagram#5: Poe’s Annabelle Lee

Posted on January 16, 2012 by - Blog

No. 5 is, like love, at times bitter but, on the whole, awfully sweet.

Edgar Allan Poe’s Annabelle Lee

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love –
I and my Annabel Lee;
With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.
And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsman came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulcher
In this kingdom by the sea.
The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me
Yes! that was the reason
(as all men know, In this kingdom by the sea)
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we
Of many far wiser than we
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee.
For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling, my darling, my life and my bride,
In the sepulcher there by the sea,
In her tomb by the sounding sea.

 

Edgar Allan Poe

only eats the dark chocolates

To celebrate Saint Valentine, we’ve made some lovely new covers for five different book sets. You can find the sets in our store by clicking here or by clicking the photo below…

Red Literary Classics

Gift Books for Your Valentine

About Us: Juniper Books is at the center of many things interesting, personalized and beautiful in the world of books.  Thatcher Wine has been selling books and building custom libraries for 10 years.  Whether a customer is searching for a first edition to give as the perfect gift, rebinding a childhood favorite in a new leather binding, desiring an entire library of a particular author or subject, or simply needing decorative books-by-the-foot in a specific color, Juniper Books can help.  We work with private clients, interior designers, architects, visual merchandisers, set designers and many others around the world.

Literagram#4: Sir Walter Scott’s An Hour With Thee

Posted on January 14, 2012 by - Blog

Lovely Literagram No. 4…

Sir Walter Scott’s An Hour With Thee

An hour with thee! When earliest day

Dapples with gold the eastern gray,

Oh, what can frame my mind to bear

The toil and turmoil, cark and care,

New griefs, which coming hours unfold,

And sad remembrance of the old?

One hour with thee.

One hour with thee! When burning June

Waves his red flag at pitch of noon;

What shall repay the faithful swain,

His labor on the sultry plain;

And, more than cave or sheltering bough,

Cool feverish blood and throbbing brow?

One hour with thee.

One hour with thee! When sun is set,

Oh, what can teach me to forget

The thankless labors of the day;

The hopes, the wishes, flung away;

The increasing wants, and lessening gains,

The master’s pride, who scorns my pains?

One hour with thee.

 

Sir Walter Scott

Quite the Romantic

To celebrate Saint Valentine, we’ve made some lovely new covers for five different book sets. You can find the sets in our store by clicking here or by clicking the photo below…

 

Red Literary Classics

Gift Books for Your Valentine

About Us: Juniper Books is at the center of many things interesting, personalized and beautiful in the world of books.  Thatcher Wine has been selling books and building custom libraries for 10 years.  Whether a customer is searching for a first edition to give as the perfect gift, rebinding a childhood favorite in a new leather binding, desiring an entire library of a particular author or subject, or simply needing decorative books-by-the-foot in a specific color, Juniper Books can help.  We work with private clients, interior designers, architects, visual merchandisers, set designers and many others around the world.

New Book Sets for Sale

Posted on January 14, 2012 by - Blog, Recent Projects

The Juniper Books team has been busy the past few weeks creating new products for sale in our online store.  After many years of doing custom work for private clients, interior designers, and others, we launched the  store at the end of 2011.  While the majority of our business is still custom projects including curated libraries, decorative book installations, and everything else unique and personalized in the world of books, we love making these book sets and reaching a wider audience with them.

Much of the focus of our creative efforts this time of year is on making beautiful book gifts for Valentine’s Day.  Below you will find links to our new offerings, we will probably post a Valentine’s book gift guide in a couple weeks, but this is a bit of an advance preview of the products that are already for sale.  Of course, our most popular book set, the pink “leather” style Jane Austen set, is still for sale and would make a wonderful Valentine’s Day gift. This set was featured in Gwyneth Paltrow’s 2011 GOOP holiday gift guide.

Jane Austen Pink Leather Style Book Set

Jane Austen Pink Leather Style Book Set

Please click on the links below or on the photos to be taken directly to the online store – as always we are open to suggestions for new products and also feedback on what we are doing with books and decorative book covers.

– Thatcher

thatcher@juniperbooks.com

Literary Classics in Red

Literary Classics in Red

Modern Victorian Book Set in Red

Modern Victorian Book Set in Red

Pink Cook's Books Set

Pink Cook's Books Set

 

I Love JD Salinger Set

I Love JD Salinger Set

European Engraving Book Set

European Engraving Book Set

Bronte Sisters Purple Book Set

Bronte Sisters Purple Book Set

 

Two Ladies Travelling Decorative Book Set

Two Ladies Traveling Decorative Book Set

Pretty Woman in the Mirror Decorative Book Set

Pretty Woman in the Mirror Decorative Book Set

Juniper Books Blank Journals with Vintage Book Cover Designs

Juniper Books Blank Journals

 

Thomas Keller Cookbook Set

Thomas Keller Cookbook Set

Literagram#3: Robert Burns’ A Red, Red Rose

Posted on January 13, 2012 by - Blog

A rose by two different names probably really is more red.

Robert Burns’  A Red, Red Rose

O my Luve is like a red, red rose
 That’s newly sprung in June;
O my Luve is like the melody
   That’s sweetly played in tune.
So fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
   So deep in luve am I;
And I will luve thee still, my dear,
   Till a’ the seas gang dry.

 

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
   And the rocks melt wi’ the sun;
I will love thee still, my dear,
   While the sands o’ life shall run.

 

And fare thee weel, my only luve!
   And fare thee weel awhile!
And I will come again, my luve,
   Though it were ten thousand mile.

 

Robert Burns

Look more to the side, Burns

 

To prepare for Valentine’s Day, we’ve picked some book sets to custom cover. You can find them in our store by clicking here or clicking the photo below.

Red Literary Classics

Gift Books for Your Valentine

About Us: Juniper Books is at the center of many things interesting, personalized and beautiful in the world of books.  Thatcher Wine has been selling books and building custom libraries for 10 years.  Whether a customer is searching for a first edition to give as the perfect gift, rebinding a childhood favorite in a new leather binding, desiring an entire library of a particular author or subject, or simply needing decorative books-by-the-foot in a specific color, Juniper Books can help.  We work with private clients, interior designers, architects, visual merchandisers, set designers and many others around the world.

Literagram#2: George Herbert’s Love

Posted on January 12, 2012 by - Blog

Here’s the second in our series of poems about love. Remember reading this poem in a Simone Weil anthology, for which it was an epigraph.

George Herbert’s Love

 

Love bade me welcome; yet my soul drew back,

Guilty of dust and sin.

But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack

From my first entrance in,

Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning

If I lack’d anything.

 

‘A guest,’ I answer’d, ‘worthy to be here:’

Love said, ‘You shall be he.”

I, the unkind, ungrateful? Ah, my dear,

I cannot look on Thee.’

Love took my hand and smiling did reply,

‘Who made the eyes but I?’

 

‘Truth, Lord; but I have marr’d them: let my shame

Go where it doth deserve.”

And know you not,’ says Love, ‘Who bore the blame?”

My dear, then I will serve.”

You must sit down,’ says Love, ‘and taste my meat.’

So I did sit and eat.

 

George Herbert

No need to worry about what to wear when your date's in a Cambridge dining hall

To prepare for Valentine’s Day, we’ve picked some book sets to custom cover. You can see some photos of them below and you can find them in our store by clicking here.

Red Literary Classics

Gift Books for Your Valentine

About Us: Juniper Books is at the center of many things interesting, personalized and beautiful in the world of books.  Thatcher Wine has been selling books and building custom libraries for 10 years.  Whether a customer is searching for a first edition to give as the perfect gift, rebinding a childhood favorite in a new leather binding, desiring an entire library of a particular author or subject, or simply needing decorative books-by-the-foot in a specific color, Juniper Books can help.  We work with private clients, interior designers, architects, visual merchandisers, set designers and many others around the world.

Literagram#1: Rilke’s Love Song

Posted on January 11, 2012 by - Blog

Valentine’s Day is just a few weeks away, which of course has us thinking about romantic reading material.  In order to share our passion for books and literature with our friends online, we’re initiating a new concept of virtual collection building—in this case, a collection of romantic poems inspired by our extensive library—that we’ll post from now till Valentine’s Day.

We’re calling these postings “Literagrams”—like a candygram for literature lovers.  So, without further adieu, here’s the first of many Literagrams to come.

- Thatcher

“Love Song” by Rainer Maria Rilke

How shall I hold on to my soul, so that

it does not touch yours? How shall I lift

it gently up over you on to other things?

I would so very much like to tuck it away

among long lost objects in the dark

in some quiet unknown place, somewhere

which remains motionless when your depths resound.

And yet everything which touches us, you and me,

takes us together like a single bow,

drawing out from two strings but one voice.

On which instrument are we strung?

And which violinist holds us in the hand?

O sweetest of songs.

 

Rilke's Intense Love

Love can seem pretty intense at times

To celebrate Saint Valentine, we’ve made some lovely new covers for five different book sets. You can find the sets in our store by clicking here or by clicking the photo below…

Red Literary Classics

Gift Books for Your Valentine

About Us: Juniper Books is at the center of many things interesting, personalized and beautiful in the world of books.  Thatcher Wine has been selling books and building custom libraries for 10 years.  Whether a customer is searching for a first edition to give as the perfect gift, rebinding a childhood favorite in a new leather binding, desiring an entire library of a particular author or subject, or simply needing decorative books-by-the-foot in a specific color, Juniper Books can help.  We work with private clients, interior designers, architects, visual merchandisers, set designers and many others around the world.