List of my most unique book?
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I have seen some comments about adding Lists to Groups. Which to me would be very easy. I would just insert the html in to the groups description.
So would people be interested in a List of "My Single Most Unique Book"? The "guideline" would be to pick ONE book among all your ULTBs to add to the list. I would then add a link to list in the comments for this group.
What do you think?
Not only is it an ULTB, it is a ULTA, too. And it is VERY beautifully illustrated.
I wrote the only, albeit brief, review of this book:
This is the story of a log. In a time, long long ago, when raping the world of its resources was a non-issue, the good folks of Schmieg-Hungate and Kotzian (New York City) located an ancient and beautiful living specimen of mahogany in the province of Oriente in the country of Cuba. And they killed it. Cut it open. And used it as veneer on some of the finest furniture of the early 20th century.
This is the story of that log.
Thank you. I was going to say the same thing.
I'm also slightly amused by misuses of "quantum leap" (a smallest unit not the largest as popularly portrayed), "light year" as a unit of time, and "first edition" when "first printing" is more appropriate.
Now we could say that each person should include "the most interesting" (to the collector) item with a ULTB tag.
Of course most ULTBs are published so there's likely more than one around. Hence, it is possibly a matter of time before another is cataloged. This is why it is a good idea to look through one's ULTB list to ensure that no one else has one. I believe we agreed that if a single account has the only 2 copies of a scarce book that can still claim the ULTB tag.
Sigh... However, you are correct. I even checked http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/modifying-absolutes.aspx, Grammer Girl. I will correct the list to be "My Favorite Unique Book"
In my defense, I was discussing selecting one item from a list of item that are categorized as "unique". So either, there cannot be a list of unique items, or uniqueness can be a graduation.
P.S. Grammar is obvious not one of my skills. But, if it brings you joy, please point out every misuse of a comma, period or apostrophe I have made. I won't stand in the way of anyone's pursuit of joy.
Think of it as a list of Most Prized ULTBs.
Ah as Godel said "Embrace the Suck!" (I am paraphrasing, but you get the point, I hope!)
Mine is probably Documents Relating to Revolutionary History of New Jersey. Vol III Newspaper Extracts 1779 for being a very small print run.
I also collect old how-to and health books that nobody else will ever use again.
I see someone else has added a copy of The Queen's Servants, so I've taken my ULTB tag off of it, and now it says 3 members in stead of 2. ??
A maybe this will help user get up to date...
Go check out items 998, 999 and 1000
(With regards to the book of ink figures, it was really cool, b/c I was able to get in contact with the artist whose images I had downloaded for the book via the gallery that represents him and told him about the project: it was the first hardcover bound book was had to make in this bookbinding class I was taking at Brown that actually had content (not a blankbook, which was all we'd made up to that point, and which is much easier b/c you don't need to figure out what content goes where on the folded pages of a signature of n-pages so that everything comes out right-side-up and in order). Also, we were required to make 4 identical copies of the book. I assured him that I would never try to profit off the books, etc., but since his drawings were the inspiration for the book I would really like to give one of the copies to him, and asked for his address so that I could mail him a copy. He gave it to me, I mailed the book, and he emailed me back to tell me how much he liked it, how it he really appreciated the fact that he now had physical copies (though not full size) of so many images that he had sold and which he missed having in physical form. He ended the email with a little blurb about "And if you're ever in Chicago, maybe we could get together for coffee or something" (but phrased much eloquently) and I don't know if he really meant it, but I emailed him back right away saying "Well actuallllllly..." and told him how I'd be near Chicago for the entirety of winter break and we ended up spending like 5 hours wandering around the modern wing of the Art Institute talking about our opinions on what we saw and what we thought in general and it was a really amazing experience.)
So... copyright issues???
First off I don't see any problem with cataloging a book you don't own the copyright to. Mean I don't own the copyright to anything I have cataloged. (Well I sort of do on one book, but not really and that's an edge case, and the book is... well let's drop that.) Either way they are "legitimate". I mean if people can catalog books that don't exist yet and put them on their wish list and call that legitimate, I don't see any problem at all.
Now how to catalog them...I really don't know. Maybe check with this group http://www.librarything.com/groups/bookarts the admin of this group might know how to catalog hand made books. I am not sure what their stance on this is.
As to the web base version of books.
But, first off is the first picture in volume one the student dorm build at Brown University, in Rhode Island? Some of those houses look familiar.
So can you catalog a website version of a book. Why not catalog the actual book and then in the comments add the link to the web base version of the book. If there is no actual book representative of web base version, I am not brave enough to catalog that. I am not sure how well this will pass the SPAM removal process. Anything with URL in the title, author or review will get marked as possible SPAM. I guess still catalog the book and just keep the URL in the comments only.
You can catalog it using the Add Manual link at the bottom of the Add Books page. Access it by clicking on the Add Books tab at the top of the page. You will get sent to a blank Edit Book page. Simply fill in what information you can. All that's needed is the title and the author, but it would be nice if you fill in whatever other info you have.
If you have more than one copy of the same book, you can catalog it multiple times, which will make your LT book count more precise, or simply put the correct number under "number of copies" on the Edit Book page.
The easiest way to enter more than one copy of the same book manually is to open two browser windows or tabs and copy and paste from one Add manually Edit book page to another.
Ohhhh, there are definitely physical copies. My god it took forever to make them. I mean making these 2 books, even leaving the website out of it entirely, was the most time-consuming piece of art I've ever done. Longer than entire renaissance outfits whose patterns I drafted from scratch to fit my sister's measurements and then sewed largely by hand. Longer than a series of 5 pieces of complex modular origami each made from 8 squares of paper - paper which I made myself, measured and cut into squares myself, and used not only for the origami but also as the base for 5 corresponding drawings.
Some info on the physical books is on one of the pages of the website, a page which also confirms that yes, the images are of Brown & Providence (in fact the server that the website is on is owned by a Brown student organization that I was a part of while I was there): http://techhouse.org/~amanda/vol1vol2/b/b.htm
But the information given on that page linked to above doesn't tell how obsessively exact I was about everything. There are ribbons running down the spine of each book and I couldn't find a ribbon I liked in a color I liked so I bought a ivory ribbon and brown fabric dye and dyed the ribbon in small pieces b/c I knew it would take multiple tries to figure out how much dye powder to add to get the color just how I wanted it.
I get that it's ok to list books that you don't own the copyright to, but what if NO ONE does? What if THERE IS NO AUTHOR? If I took a bunch of random images I liked and made a book out of them, then even IF those images were all created by the same artist, that artist did not decide which images to include and which to leave out, nor what order they should appear in, etc. I am not the author because I did not create the content... I guess I'm an EDITOR. Ok, lots of books have editors instead of authors, BUT the thing is, the book contains materials that ARE copyrighted, which I have included WITHOUT PERMISSION from the copyright owner(s). If the book is just for my own personal use that's all ok, but listing the book on this site seems sketchy to me somehow...