Bibliophile by Jane Mount


An Illustrated Miscellany

Hardcover, 224 pages, ISBN: 9781452167237
Published by Chronicle Books, 2018

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Searching for perfect book lovers gifts? Rejoice! Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany, is a love letter to all things bookish.

Author Jane Mount brings literary people, places, and things to life through her signature and vibrant illustrations. It’s a must-have for every book collection, and makes a wonderful literary gift for book lovers, writers, and more.

Readers of Jane Mount’s Bibliophile will delight in:

  • Touring the world’s most beautiful bookstores
  • Testing their knowledge of the written word with quizzes
  • Finding their next great read in lovingly curated stacks of books
  • Sampling the most famous fictional meals
  • Peeking inside the workspaces of their favorite authors

A source of endless inspiration, literary facts and recommendations: Bibliophile is pure bookish joy and sure to enchant book clubbers, English majors, poetry devotees, aspiring writers, and any and all who identify as book lovers.

If you have read or own: I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life, The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, and Civilization or How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines then you will want to read and own Jane Mount’s Bibliophile.

Praise for Bibliophile:

Bibliophile is a tribute to the written word…the perfect addition to any serious book-lover’s shelf.” —Parade

“As a ‘shy, dorky kid with few friends,’ Mount turned to books and fell in love with them as physical objects. They also became her muses and she began drawing covers, hundreds of which she offers here, a testament to her abiding affection.” —The New York Times Book Review

Bibliophile is the perfect present for book lovers; it features illustrated reading lists (Cult Classics, Special Powers, A Sense of Place, etc.), recommendations from various bookish people, introductions to intriguing bookstores and architecturally adventurous libraries, peeks at Dylan Thomas’s writing room in Wales and James Baldwin’s house in the south of France, and so much more. Jane Mount has excellent literary taste—her lists combine contemporary classics with titles that deserve to be better known—and you’ll enjoy hunting for the spines of your favorite books while taking notes for future reading.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A compendium of odd literary information. Such as: Irma Rombauer wrote The Joy of Cooking to get through a hard time after her husband’s suicide; the author of Diary of a Wimpy Kid wanted to be an agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; in a book cover design, Chip Kidd added an extra leg to the iconic Knopf borzoi and nobody noticed. Lavishly illustrated by Jane Mount, who loves painting books.” —Minneapolis Star-Tribune

“Known for her colorful illustrations of iconic book spines, artist Jane Mount’s new book is a vivid ode to the world of literature. Along with illustrated reading lists on subjects ranging from food writing to feminism, there are delightful drawings of beloved bookstores and libraries, and even games and puzzles to test your bookish IQ.” —The Strategist

Bibliophile is an illustrated celebration of all things book.” —Bustle

Over the years Jane Mount has made a huge impact on the book-loving internet with coverage in just about every book and design blog out there, and there’s good reason. Her artwork is heartening and warm, positive and book-celebratory. Her new book, Bibliophile, is a wonderful look at her work, and Mount takes readers behind the scenes of favorite writers’ spaces and shelves, bookstores, and their literary cats. It’s an airy and charming and beautiful book.” —Fine Books & Collections

“This quirky, whimsical and just plain fun ‘illustrated miscellany’ will be a welcome addition to any bookshelf—although it’s more likely to be off the shelf, thumbed through and smiled at, as one says, ‘Oh, I need to read that book!’ ” —USA Today

“In Bibliophile: An Illustrated Miscellany, artist Jane Mount embraces all things bookish in an absolutely charming volume that will delight book lovers of all stripes. ‘The goal of this book is to triple the size of your To Be Read pile,’ Mount writes in the introduction. Gorgeous illustrations, thematically linked and annotated book stacks, literary quizzes, recommendations from writers, editors, booksellers, librarians and more—lots more—guarantee Mount will meet her goal and then some.” —Shelf Awareness

About the author:

Jane Mount

is an illustrator, designer, and founder of Ideal Bookshelf, a company that makes things for people who love books. She lives on Maui, in Hawaii.


(Credits: Book cover image and publisher’s description have been retrieved from BiblioShare.)

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