Diorama of Tokyo's back alleyways, sized for a bookshelf. Sculpted by monde." alt="We peer into a narrow alleyway, flanked on both sides by buildings -- windows, potted plants, and balconies. It is no real alleyway, but a diorama that's designed to fit on a bookshelf next to other books.

Crafted by @monde.
"The Tokyo-based artist built and designed intricate, wooden bookshelf inserts that are like miniature dioramas of narrow alleyways you might find in the streets of Tokyo."

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i.e. ‘book-craft’, the study of books.

A learned person can be called boccræftig 'book-crafty’.


The love of books. My library is an archive of longings.

—Susan Sontag

A closed book is beautiful, because anything can be written in it, and so everything is.

—Catherynne M. Valente, Yume no Hon

What makes lovemaking and reading

resemble each other most is that within both of them times and spaces open, different from measurable time and space.

— Italo Calvino, If on a winter’s night a traveler

Source unattributed (via Tumblr).

Books should be like magical jewelled boxes.

It’s the writer’s job to tell the story. My job is to make you want to pick up the box, and to peer inside.

—Thomas Canty, fantasy illustrator

via Tumblr.

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