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Missed the virtual
Brooklyn Antiquarian Book Fair?

Download our PDF Catalogue for the fair to see all titles featured in our virtual booth!

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It's Finally Here!

After several delays due to supply chain issues, Oak Knoll is pleased to announce the arrival of the third printing of The Private Library! Thank you to all of our customers who pre-ordered a copy for your patience as we anxiously awaited its delivery. All pre-orders have now been shipped.

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Now Available for Immediate Order!
Third Printing, with Corrections

The Private Library
The History of the Architecture and Furnishings of the Domestic Bookroom
by Reid Byers

Read the article 'How Many Books Does It Take to Make a Place Feel Like Home?' from the New York Times, featuring The Private Library and an interview with author Reid Byers!

In this book, Mr. Byers examines with a sardonic eye the historical influences that have shaped the architecture of the private library, and the furnishings, amenities, and delightful anachronisms that make the mortal room into what Borges so famously called Paradise.

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Select titles on 18th Century Book Illustration will be on sale at 20% off from now until September 30, 2022.

Image is from William Blake, Printmaker by Robert N. Essick [Princeton University Press, (1980)], here.

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The Thomas M. Whitehead
Collection
 
of Books About Books

Featuring 700+ titles on Printing, Printing History, Publishing, and more, proudly presented by Oak Knoll!

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View the PDF Catalogue of featured titles!

About Thomas M. Whitehead... 

A native of Pennsylvania, Thomas M. Whitehead was always surrounded by books, even at a young age. Upon graduation from Syracuse University with a Masters in Library Science, he set off on a tract that would eventually lead him to be the Rare Book Curator and Head of Special Collections at Temple University for over 45 years. During his tenure at Temple, he cultivated a remarkable printing history collection and persuaded various individuals involved in printing, publishing and bookselling businesses to donate their archives to the Research Center. In his personal life, Tom surrounded himself with books and book-people. He was a member of various bibliophilic societies that connected him with other like-minded people, whether they were private collectors, academics, or booksellers. Nearly every title from his private library is graced with his beautiful bookplate. It is with great honor that we present the private collection of this prestigious bibliophile.

Tom passed away in November of 2020. You can read his obituary here.