9 Rare and Beautiful Books Benjamin Samuel December 19, 2013 Features2 Comments Editor’s note: this article was sponsored by AbeBooks.com. The sponsor did not have any editorial insight into the content of this article.Over at Buzzfeed, Lincoln Michel recently shared a heartening list of 19 recently published books that prove that print isn’t dead. Judging by from the looks of The Illustrated Heart of Darkness by Matt Kish (whose work is featured twice on the list), Beck’s Song Reader, and a mysterious artifact from J.J. Abrams, 2013 was a great year for “dead trees.” In fact, as Lincoln claims, the threat of eBooks may be encouraging publishers to step up their game. And the future of print seems not only bright, but innovative.With that spirit in mind, let’s look back at some fascinating print books from the past:Heads and Tales by Malvina Cornell HoffmanThis one-of-a-kind presentation copy from 1943 eschews a boring leather binding for something a little more extreme. The seller describes it as “Bound in full wide grain white & gray snake (‘Asian python’?) or other unidentified lizard or reptile skin with whitish underbelly at outer fore edges of covers.” 2 Responses ICYMI: Links Roundup for Dec 19, 2013 - storyacious : storyacious December 20, 2013 […] Literature highlighted some rare and beautiful printed books. They are definitely works of […] Reply How to Start Collecting Books Without Breaking the Bank | TBB Blog: A Curator of Literary Culture January 5, 2014 […] your collection. Signed copies are an obvious start—and more reason to go to readings. First or rare editions and limited print runs are also something to look out for, as are interesting inscriptions or […] Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.Name* Email* WebsiteComment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.