Each time I am in Oaxaca I stop into the Casa De La Ciudad. There is always something interesting in the little sala to the right of the entrance.
When I was last there (September 2008) it was the exhibition -Los Libres, Los Viajes, y El Tiempo (Books, Travels, and Time — roughly)
The problem of how to let people look at/through older books is not often solved at all let alone nicely.
Here they have scanned/photographed the covers and portions of the text from several books that tie in with the exhibit. Then bound them together and left them out for people to look at.
These aren’t sophisticated facsimilies. They’re just-good-enough reproductions that aren’t expected to last beyond the current exhibit.
They are scanned and then printed single sided on matte photo paper and “bound” by being stapled at the left margin. The staples are covered by cloth tape.
There was this one that fascinated Jim — the excerpt was from the antennas chapter.
This one is fine just for the cover illustration.
This is a great solution to the problem of how to let people get hands on with books that can’t take the handling.
Cheap, tidy, and certainly the only way I’ll ever get my hands on Dueno del Mundo by Julio Verne.