Monday, October 14, 2013

The Portable Companion


"Peace" in the Berber language, spoken in Morocco

artist: Charles Edward Perugini

Dlodorus Siculus

inscription above the door of the Library at Thebes

'Gravin de Pages, Nee de Cornellan
artist: Joseph Desire Court, 1790 - 1865

I have searched, and cannot find a translation for the above description.
Perhaps I copied it wrong? If you know French, and think you can figure it out,
let me know!

"That is a good book
which is opened with expectation
and closed with profit."

- Amos Bronson Alcott

Madame Pompadour
artist: Francois Boucher

You can subscribe to Lisa Vollrath's e-mail list;
she sends out graphics for you to use, that she has altered/created/cleaned up.
Here is one:

Lisa Vollrath 'Go Make Something'

'The Difficult Lesson' 1884
artist: William Adolphe Bouguereau [1825-1905]

"Real poverty is lack of books."

- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

'The Reading Lesson'
artist: Paul Seignac

"A home without books
is a body without soul."

 - Marcus Tullius Cicero

'A flower service'
artist: Percy Tarrant

"Next to acquiring good friends,
the best acquisition
is that of good books."

- Charles Caleb Cotton

Coles Phillips illustration

"The book you don't read
won't help."

 - Jim Rohn

Auguste Dolce Toulmouche 1877
Far Niiente, oil on canvas

"Books are not made for furniture,
but there is nothing else
that so beautifully furnishes a home."

- Henry Ward Beecher

invisible shelves, found on pinterest

"Worthy books
Are not companions -
they are solitudes:
We lose ourselves in them
and all our cares."

- Philip James Bailey

Jean Simmon as 'Ophelia' in Hamlet, Shakespeare

original Collage Art Doll by inkspired

"Some books make be want to go adventuring,
Others feel that they have saved me the trouble."

- Ashleigh Brilliant

N.C.Wyeth cover illustration for The Ladies' Home Journal
March, 1922

"We need books,
we needed something
on which to build dreams."

- Louis L'Amour, Ride the River

'Girl with Pigtails'
artist: Samuel Henry William Llewellyn

I love the shape of the book in this man's hands,
from 1480 A.D.!

Young Man Holding Book, c.1480
Master of the View of Sainte Gudule

The ships in the background, and 
the illustrated letter in side the book captured
my attention in this French painting:

Legende Doree
artist: Armand Point, 1861 - 1932

Here is a book that is almost 100 years old,
and was probably carried in the backpack,
rucksack and saddle of a a Calvary man:

for sale at

and another book almost 100 years old,
and also probably carried around in the field:

for sale

It always amazes me when I can hold a piece of history in my hand like an old book!

'The Good Read'
artist: Federico Zandomeneghi

"Some books are to be tasted,
others to be swallowed,
and some few to be chewed and digested."

- Francis Bacon

'Thoughtful Reader'
artist: Frantisek Dvorak

So, what are you waiting for?
Go grab a book and do some reading!!!

artist: Walter Firle, 1903

I found many wonderful paintings and book material in some of these spots:

until next time -
and on pinterest:  kkloberdans

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