Giambattista Bodoni was the official printer for the Duke of Parma. Over more than thirty years as a career printer, Bodoni designed typefaces and set standards for printing. The Complete Manual of Typography collects his typefaces as well as various symbols, borders, ornaments and character from foreign languages that he used. Additionally, this book features his manual where he laid out his guiding principles of typography.
Baseball is a sport where two teams of nine players take turns batting and catching. While batting, the player’s goal is to hit the ball and run between four bases in order to score a “run.” While catching, the teams’ goal is to either catch a ball having been hit by a player from the opposing team or to return a ball to a base before the opposing player arrives. These baseballs recount stories from fictional histories of the sport. Each ball is displayed in an acrylic case and accompanied by a description of its fictitious past.
The Waldorf Astoria is one of the world’s most famous hotels and its bar, though few know it by its name Peacock Alley, is equally famous in the world of bars. In this book, Frank Caiafa, the bar’s manager, reveals the recipes for classic cocktails that the bar served before, during and well after the prohibition era. Caiafa also shares the history of the drinks, alternate versions as well as tips for serving.
A log cabin is a shelter constructed from logs. They are ideal for regions where their material, logs, are abundant but there are few or no mills to refine timber. Typically these dwellings are architecturally unsophisticated, however some higher-end log cabins have been designed. These Log Cabin kits, designed and fabricated in Oregon by Treehopper Toys, are miniaturized, unassembled versions of log cabins that are constructed using equally rudimentary design principals. Each set includes thirty-seven pieces decorated in rustic black with natural decals and include a cloth sack for easy transportation.
For the month of December, the Writer’s Block is expanding its Artificial Bird Sanctuary to include and Artificial Tree Farm. Specializing in premium, hand-selected artificial Canadian Pines, we are proud to offer 8, 15 and 24 inch selections. Each tree comes safely secured in an attractive wooden base, and flexible wire limbs allow for easy transport and storage. Leaves are made from durable, soft material, with between 50 and 150 tips, depending on size, enough to fill your Christmas nook and hang a medium-sized string of lights. Guaranteed to last for many winter seasons to come.
The solar system comprises the sun and the objects that orbit it, whether directly or indirectly. This wooden model, created for the Montessori educational approach, represents the planets' relative size. Each piece can be removed from the board and moved along its path, showing how it revolves around the sun. Useful for astronomical learning environments, planning interplanetary travel, or inventing a unique game. Crafted in a solid wooden frame.
Jerzy Kosinski's Steps is an adult set of fairy tales—a series of interrelated short stories that take place in haunted post-WWII Europe, where we follow the narrator as an archaeologist, a skiing instructor, a soldier, and a photographer among other vocations. There are no place names or proper nouns, but many unforgettable images, like a single white tennis shoe left by a vanished soccer team, or the brief, unexplained sight of a man covered in fur. The situations share with Kafka the feel of dark truth found in disturbing surreality. Winner of the 1969 National Book Award.
In modern mapping, a topographic map is a type of map characterized by large-scale detail and quantitative representation of relief, using contour lines or physical protrusions. Noted for their detail and accuracy, they are based on topographical surveys performed on large scales by teams of surveyors. Tasked with outlining the basic limits and extent of our physical world, these maps alter and influence our conception of reality.
Many traditions put special emphasis on the preparation and dressing of bodies after death. Centuries and continents may divide different cultures, but the desire to dress the dead in fancy hats is an essential part of human nature. Paul Koudounaris has traveled the world to photograph the most remarkable ossuaries and memorials, capturing the different means of preserving and paying respect that people have developed over the last few millennia. Memento Mori features large, full color photographs and explanatory text, detailing each style of burial with an appreciative, non-judgmental point of view.
The robin is a migratory songbird of the thrush family. One of the most common birds in North America, it is known for its roguish temperament and brood parasitism, where a robin will drop one of its eggs into another bird's nest for that bird to take care of. Although at one time we offered these birds for adoption, their disruptive presence among the other artificial flocks has led us to discontinue them in the Shop. As an alternative, we recommend a similarly sized blue bird, or for a redder hue, a cardinal.