Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Bromer Booksellers on Love

Check out our collection of the artifacts of love available from Bromer Booksellers in honor of Valentine's Day:

Almanach des Heroides. An almanac in a lovely embroidered and hand-painted binding with a design of a smiling cupid holding his bow and arrow on the front cover. For more information, go here.

May Sarton, Collection of Seven Manuscript Poems, Cambridge, 1930. A group of seven manuscript love poems written by Sarton and presented as a Christmas gift to her teacher, Anne Longfellow Thorp. For more information, go here.

The Love Books of Ovid, published in London in 1925. Ovid's treatise on erotic love, beautifully bound in painted vellum by G. G. Levitzky, with a cover illustration that depicts Cupid hovering above a seduction scene. For more information, go here.

Scherzi poetici e pittorici, published by Bodoni in 1795. A collection of poems concerning love and featuring Venus and Cupid, by the Italian poet de Rossi. For more information, go here.

Twelve of Hearts, published by Anne and David Bromer in 1982. A miniature manuscript consisting of twelve original watercolor designs by Robert Gould, showing hearts embellished with symbolic designs. For more information, go here.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnets From the Portuguese, published at the Minia Press, c. 1945. This miniature book of poems about love lost and found is bound in cloth with a gilt heart motif. For more information, go here.

Cupidon Logicien ou les Pedagoges, A Cythere, 1792. This almanac is illustrated with 13 hand-colored engravings accompanied by love poetry and bound in an embroidered binding. For more information, go here.

Caresse Crosby, Crosses of Gold: A Book of Verse. Crosby's first book, this intimate book of romantic poems and short prose pieces is dedicated to Crosby's husband, Harry, and includes a few hand-drawn decorative devices. For more information, go here.

A Garland of Love. A pair of beautifully-bound examples of this collection of pretty mottoes, one a calligraphic manuscript by Francis Sangorski in a hand-painted binding and the other a rare printed version. For more information, go here.

Amish Valentine, 1860. A drawing of a young man and woman glancing shyly at each other, with their noses drawn in an angular fashion so as to point at each other. Below the figures is penned words “i cant [sic] stop long this time.” For more information, go here.

Le Calendrier de Minerve o le Joujou de L'Innocence. An embroidered binding with a title page showing cupid floating over a walled garden and 12 engraved plates accompanying moral verses. For more information, go here.

William Morris, Love is Enough. One of only two books printed in three colors at the Kelmscott Press, this book contains two woodcuts by Edward Burne-Jones that accompany Morris's poem about unchanging love. For more information, go here

Hiroshima Mon Amour: Synopsis. Colored papers capture the seriousness, sadness, and sensuality of the film about a French woman and a Japanese man who become lovers in Hiroshima 14 years after the atomic bomb. For more information, go here.

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