2012 Barnes & Noble Softcover Desk Diary (blue)

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Overview

The 2012 edition in the popular and long-running Barnes & Noble Desk Diary series showcases the golden age of American book cover design. Renowned rare-book archivist and curator Richard Minsky provides dozens of extravagantly colored and evocatively designed examples dating from 1882 to 1915, with brief descriptive text. Minsky's introduction thoughtfully discusses the place these beautiful, often avant-garde works held at the intersection...

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Overview

The 2012 edition in the popular and long-running Barnes & Noble Desk Diary series showcases the golden age of American book cover design. Renowned rare-book archivist and curator Richard Minsky provides dozens of extravagantly colored and evocatively designed examples dating from 1882 to 1915, with brief descriptive text. Minsky's introduction thoughtfully discusses the place these beautiful, often avant-garde works held at the intersection of the art and literary worlds.

This handsome, richly illustrated planner provides a convenient weekly agenda format, monthly calendar grids, and a year of captivating literary art in a durable, quality binding. Also included is a quiz on famous works of literature, lists of prize-winning books and authors, an 8-page supplement of classic world maps, and other special features.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435135581
  • Publisher: Barnes & Noble
  • Publication date: 8/20/2011
  • Product dimensions: 9.52 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Minsky operates the Center for Book Arts in Manhattan, the first not-for-profit organization in America exclusively dedicated to promoting and advancing the art of the book with exhibitions, publications, classes, and workshops.

Minsky's work has been widely shown, including a twenty-five-year retrospective presented by HarperCollins Publishers. The Richard Minsky Archive is at Yale University's Haas Arts Library, which honored him in 2010 with an exhibition titled Material Meets Metaphor: A Half Century of Book Art by Richard Minsky. His work is in many public and private collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

He produced a series of exhibitions of American Decorated Publishers' Bindings, 1872-1929, publishing limited-edition catalogs in 2006, 2009, and 2010 that documented 1,100 examples. In 2010 George Braziller, Inc., issued a trade edition of selections from these catalogs titled The Art of American Book Covers, 1875-1930, and in 2011 Braziller published The Book Art of Richard Minsky.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2011

    Hate the new format

    Bought this calendar for the past 3 years and ended up returning the 2012 edition. It's so hard to find a planner that has BOTH a monthly grid as well as weekly outlines but BN cut the 2 page monthly down to 1 page for a bunch of unnecessary pictures. Give me back my 2 page monthly grid and I might consider buying next year.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2011

    Great calendar

    I bought my first B&N Desk Diary last year, and loved it... this year I bought the red version of the softcover. It's beautiful - the colored pages are great. The feel of the cover this year is much improved since last year.

    My only wish is that there could be a larger soft-cover version... the large hard-cover version is bulky and not very practical. If the soft-cover calendar was a little larger, with space for to-do lists, it would be the best calendar I've ever owned.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

    Even better than previous editions

    Beautifully illustrated - this time in color. Instead of sketches of authors, this year it is vintage book covers. Looks very classy indeed. The feel of the cover is much nicer than last year, almost like real leather.

    All other features are still the same: The gilt edging, the bookmark, the engraved year on the cover, the pretty paper design on the inside of the cover and back cover. Hope B&N will be making these forever. Buying these in the fall has become a tradition for me...

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL!!!! This is the third year I have purchased the Barnes & Noble Desk Diary and I am very satisfied with it. It has all the features I require, including monthly and weekly formats. I was a little disappointed with the quality last year, but this one makes up for it. The nameplate on the inside cover is a nice touch; the reproductions of book covers are compelling; and the feel of the leather is very inviting. If there is one tiny drawback, it is that I would prefer a two-page monthly calendar. Other than that, it is wonderful. I truly enjoy using it.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Disappointed

    This is my third desk diary and although it is gorgeous, I am very disappointed that the monthly calendar is so small. Not only was it reduced from 2 pages to 1, but the one page calendar doesn't even fill the page and so the daily boxes are less than half the size they used to be. Please go back to the old format-I'm hooked on this calendar otherwise!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    This is a beautiful diary filled with fascinating information. S

    This is a beautiful diary filled with fascinating information. So glad I bought it. I've used it almost every day this year.

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    Posted January 13, 2012

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