This work has lead to us to think more about books as beautiful 'things' in their own right. We have been focusing on the structural, decorative, and physical qualities of the books in what we used to think of as a subject reference collection, and we have unearthed some unexpected gems during the last few months.
Some of my favourites have included examples of our beautifully illustrated and printed cloth-bound books typical of the turn of the 20th century; and cover illustration styles and techniques which strongly evoke particular eras and trends.
These volumes were produced in the 1930s, 1940s,
and late 1950s.
Then, there has been the occasional volume that has contained some momento of its original owner (frequently a Silver family member), providing a personal link to the history of the Silver Studio and indicating the significance of the book to the original owner - a glimpse into someone's life.