book histories

We ran across this beautiful #publishersbinding in the stacks this week. There was a limited edition of this work, but this is one of the “ordinary” copies bound in blue cloth with Beardsley’s design for the cover of Salomé in gold.⠀ ⠀ 828 B375un ⠀ ⠀ #beardsley #aubreybeardsley #artnouveau #blue #gold #publishersbindingthursday #beautifulbook #bookstagram #bibliophile #booklover #rarebook #specialcollections #mizzou #universityofmissouri #libraries #librariesofinstagram #iglibraries #ifttt

Universities are very familiar with bright, qualified school-leavers who arrive and then go into shock on finding that biology or physics isn’t quite what they’ve been taught so far. ‘Yes, but you needed to understand that,’ they are told, 'so that now we can tell you why it isn’t exactly true.’ Discworld teachers know this, and use it to demonstrate why universities are truly storehouses of knowledge: students arrive from school confident that they know very nearly everything, and they leave years later certain that they know practically nothing. Where did the knowledge go in the meantime? Into the university, of course, where it is carefully dried and stored.
—  Terry Pratchett - The Science Of Discworld