Christmas Countdown: 3 More Sleeps!

Image on the 2011 Christmas card, a woodcut depicting the three kings bearing gifts before a flaxen-haired Virgin Mary and the Christ child
Random early printed book, unknown folio, fifteenth century

Unless the Society of Antiquaries of London (of which the amazing Christopher de Hamel is a Fellow) is lying to us, this image is from a fifteenth-century book – an incunabulum, if you will. The Society decided to use the image for its Christmas cards, which are priced at a reasonable £7 for a pack of ten.

I’ve never seen a font like the one in this image. This font (I wouldn’t call it a script, as we’re talking about a printed book) seems to be somewhere between a lettre de somme and a roman. The lowercase d makes me uncertain.

I don’t know. I never claimed to be an expert in fonts.

Christmas Countdown: 4 More Sleeps!

I… can’t even think of anything to say. This book exists?!

Two guinea pigs named Doris and Wilma take on the roles of Mary and Joseph in what Tracy, a GoodReads reviewer, calls “incredibly cute book, a perfect stocking filler that is ideal for all guinea pig lovers.”  Tracy warns, however, that “some of the parents with whom [she] shared the book questioned the appropriateness of some of the text for younger readers.”

Wait – hold up. We’re talking about guinea pigs here. How the heck can this book not be appropriate for younger readers?

As for my usual book history commentary… I’m making an exception today. I simply don’t have the time to write anything even remotely smart when I have to head right over to my nearest #OversizedBookstore and grab all my friends and family members multiple copies of this book.

So I’m just going to leave you with a couple of videos instead.

Here’s one of Bloomsbury Publishing’s promotional videos for the book:

And, as an additional treat, someone has taken the time and effort to film this gem: