An Illustrated Miscellany

Book - 2018
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"Bibliophile is the ultimate book for book lovers. The content ranges from profiles of amazing independent bookstores around the world to the painted bookshelves for which Jane Mount has become known"--
Publisher: San Francisco :, Chronicle Books,, [2018]
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781452167237
Branch Call Number: 028.9 MO
Characteristics: 224 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm


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Recommended by Kate: Mount’s lush paintings of books, characters and authors accompany mouthwatering book lists, profiles of bookstores and such gems as Kurt Vonnegut’s startling admission, “When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.” Be prepared to emerge from... Read More »

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Apr 22, 2020

I work in a public library, which means I am spoilt by the variety of wonderful books I have access to. So I have to admit there are few books these days that I actually buy, (unless you count the tatty old cancelled stock that I have accumulated over the years and keep on my home bookshelf to ward off the ever-present fear of not having anything to read which, in hindsight, has proved very useful during the Covid-19 lockdown). This book, however, is one of those books worthy of purchase. I adore it, and there is something so magical about owning my own pristine copy. Whether you borrow it or buy it, you will be treating yourself to a delightful book.

Jul 23, 2019

Practically perfect in every way. What a discovery.

Eye candy for the book lover!
Laugh at comments about books you've read also, discover unique bookstores, and drool at the idea of receiving a custom chosen and painted stack of book spines. This is how the author began her unique career, which she explains in the intro. But mostly it's a pleasure to marvel at the quirks of the book world beautifully illustrated.

Would love to see her at the 2019 Festival of the Book in Harbor Springs.

Jun 10, 2019

If you love books, art, or books with art in them, this gorgeous hardcover is a treat for you! The colors are vibrant, the illustrations beautiful, and the tidbits of information about bookish things like libraries, genres, authors, and bookstores are fascinating. A great book to dip in and out of as the fancy strikes you. If you love the artwork, the author has a website called where you can purchase her prints as tote bags, charms, journals, etc.

VaughanPLDonnalee Mar 30, 2019

This book is a really lovely and delightful ode to books. The book looks and feels nice, with gorgeous illustrations, glossy paper and a built-in bookmark. You could read it cover-to-cover, or just randomly browse through it. There are many book list, on many topics. There are featured bookstores and libraries from many places. There are cats! This book is just a charming celebration of the fantastic world of books and will make you want to immediately go find more books and start reading! Yay!

LoganLib_Phoebe Feb 17, 2019

Filled with interesting factoids about books and the people who write them - you might just find some titles you're keen to read!

VaughanPLShelly Jan 04, 2019

This is a gorgeous book! It's an illustrated delightful book full of recommended reading lists and drawings of beautiful bookstores & libraries around the world. I definitely recommend browsing through it.


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