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Since humans began communicating they have used art to convey thoughts, feelings, and emotions. First on cave walls and then later on papyrus, fiber, and later paper. Art is a medium that transcends all generations and all walks of life. Through out the ages some of the most beautiful and interesting artwork was produced for publication in books - ranging from illustrations, to color prints, to black and white photography - books have it all, containing some of the most spectacular art that has ever been created. Today offset and digital printing presses have improved the "quality" of printing but it is the old books of yester year that have an aged and timeless quality to the prints and artwork within.

Turning this book artwork into a custom matted print ready for framing is what we do at Thin Air Creations. In our shop you will find a wide range of matted "book plate prints"…

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  • Female
  • Born on May 24
  • Joined January 24, 2009

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Old books, mats and lots of time

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About

Since humans began communicating they have used art to convey thoughts, feelings, and emotions. First on cave walls and then later on papyrus, fiber, and later paper. Art is a medium that transcends all generations and all walks of life. Through out the ages some of the most beautiful and interesting artwork was produced for publication in books - ranging from illustrations, to color prints, to black and white photography - books have it all, containing some of the most spectacular art that has ever been created. Today offset and digital printing presses have improved the "quality" of printing but it is the old books of yester year that have an aged and timeless quality to the prints and artwork within.

Turning this book artwork into a custom matted print ready for framing is what we do at Thin Air Creations. In our shop you will find a wide range of matted "book plate prints" that span every type of presentation (engravings, illustrations, black and white photography, B&W photography that has been painted, etc) and every topic from around the world. Most of our prints are from books that were published prior to 1940 and dating back to the 1880's. Although on occasion we will find something that is a little newer (up to the 1950's) that is a real gem and worth sharing.

Many of the books we find have bindings damaged beyond repair or are bound for a less desirable home so we offer them a new life in "pieces". We have been collecting these treasures for years and recently decided to convert them to something that can be shared and enjoyed by others.

Each book is carefully taken apart so that the original book plates/prints remain intact and undamaged. In some circumstances the rough edge of the binding needs to be removed but that is the only "altering" that ever takes place (the interior edge is trimmed). Prints are carefully mounted on mats to simplify framing after purchase and to protect the print during shipment. When you preview an item in our shop you will note that a photo of the original copyright for the book is always included, and in addition, any pertinent publisher info will be included in the item description. The exact copyright date is available for most books but if not, then it will be specifically noted that circa date is an estimate.

On occasion we will find a book, or set of books, that is so beautifully outstanding that they are worth finding a new home for them. Some of these gems can also be found in our shop in the section "Books of a Special Kind". We are not experts in rare/antique or collectible books but we will describe our listings in exacting, honest detail and will diligently research our finds against same/similar books for sale in other venues.

Antique and collectible book plates are always the perfect decorating choice for any room in your home or office. They also make an interesting and great one of a kind gift for any occasion - birthday, wedding, new baby. Each print has a unique story to tell and a special message that will speak to your heart or capture your imagination.

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