forgotten bookmarks

be still my heart.
ive been obsessively collecting antique books for a lifetime.
and then the grand folks at random house sent me this link:
(where FOUND FREE & FLEA was featured alongside the DwellStudio & Domino mag’s new books)
–and found this WONDERFUL book.
an antique book collector started saving the scraps he found in his books…. and amassed so much that he made a book.
check it out here: http://www.forgottenbookmarks.com/
Used books and bookselling have been in Michael Popek’s blood since he was a child. In Forgotten Bookmarks, he shares an unusual collection of the things he’s discovered tucked inside the pages of books, “treasures within treasures… often untouched for decades.” The ephemera includes personal photographs, baseball and greeting cards, poems, shopping lists, recipes, invitations, report cards, burial vault information, razor blades, marijuana leaves and handwritten letters (received or unsent).

Each bookmark specimen has been reproduced, as found, and displayed next to a picture of the original book where the discovery was made. In a scrapbook-like presentation, Popek takes the liberty of transcribing some illegible handwriting, but otherwise offers no commentary, preferring instead to let each relic and book exhibit speak for itself. This approach deepens reader fascination, heightening the intrigue of trying to determine the significance (if any) of the ephemera and book in combination. —Kathleen Gerard,