Smart bookbindings - a lot of them
This morning I visited the Herzog August Bibliothek in Wolfenbüttel, Germany, and it was an overwhelming experience. The library was founded in 1572 by Duke Julius of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel and it is a rare example of a 16th-century library that survived fully intact. Walking through the library I encountered a big bronze door. When I opened it I suddenly stood eye to eye with something unexpected: vast bookcases stretching from floor to ceiling filled with thousands of bookbindings from the 15th to 17th centuries.
As you would expect, many have fragments of medieval manuscripts and early printed books pasted in and on them, to provide support (last pic). However, this collection is special for another reason. The duke himself wrote on each book what it contained. To find writing on the back of an early-modern book is not unusual, but the duke was a thorough man and went a little overboard, as you can see. The backs not only contain very long title descriptions, but also numbers. In fact, duke August is rumored to have invented the system where book numbers have a decimal point. If book nr. 23 contains physics, the next book he purchased with the same topic would receive nr. 23.1 - think Library of Congress. These are not just old, but also smart bookbindings, which carry history on their backs.
European Hunting Swords
- Dated: circa 1630
- Culture: German
- Maker: Clemens Willems
- Medium: steel and wood, scroll ornaments
- Measurements: overall - l:84.50 cm (l:33 1/4 inches) Wt: .74 kg. Blade - l:71.20 cm (l:28 inches). Grip - l:12.80 cm (l:5 inches). Hilt - w:11.80 cm (w:4 5/8 inches)
- Dated: circa 1700
- Culture: Dutch
- Medium: steel, wood, brass
- Measurements: overall - l:81.30 cm (l:32 inches) Wt: .84 kg. Blade - l:66.70 cm (l:26 1/4 inches). Guard - w:16.20 cm (w:6 3/8 inches)
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warrior redhead with an owl :) As awesome as it sounds
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I really want to LARP again. Full on roleplay for a weekend kind of LARP, not the battle game kind. Last month I dropped in on the game I used to play while I was in town and I don’t think it’s for me these days. Someone asked me why I don’t try and convert existing LARPers in my new area. (Because fuck you, that’s rude and I’m not doing it, and your conviction that one system is superior to all others is creepy and cultlike.) I want different things that I didn’t know were an option when I used to play…and honestly I was put off by a lot of things. The game I play right now has a really great culture of respectful people. It’s not my preferred style, but they’re fantastic and I hope they never change.
This has been on my mind for a while. I am not necessarily talking about any one LARP here, and my views don’t represent anyone but me.
My Fantasy LARP Wishlist:
Yes. This. This is what I’m going for in my game.
I’ve been talking with my fellow gamers a lot over the past few months about how there needs to be a culture shift. I’m not saying that the way you play is not valid, or that my system is inherently “better” than yours. All I’m saying is run your game, and play in a way that allows each person their type of fun. Have intrigue for those who eat that kind of thing up. Have combat for those who want to hit things. Come up with new and exciting ways to run an event that breaks from the mold. It may succeed, it may fall short, but it will be NEW and FRESH.