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by Rebecca Rego Barry and Jeremy Howell Rebecca Rego Barry is the editor of Fine Books & Collections. Jeremy Howell is a rare book collector and an occasional contributor to the Fine Books blog.

Guard Your Books

Guard Your Books

The Lamassu were the monumental stone guardians of the ancient Assyrian palace doorways at Nimrud. The massive human-headed winged bull and human-headed winged lion now reside in the Metropolitan Art Museum's collection. You may notice the Lamassu have five legs. That's no mistake. The sculptor wanted them to appear to be standing firmly from the front but striding forward from the side. Now you can have your own Lamassu, albeit a bit smaller, to guard your books. These cast resin bookends, available from the Met Store, would surely complement any collection of history or archeology books. $135

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Courtesy of the Met Store.

An Inspired Umbrella

An Inspired Umbrella

There are perhaps no works of decorative art more iconic than Louis Comfort Tiffany's stained glass lamps. His work with stained glass revived the artform at the dawn of the twentieth century. While few will ever be lucky enough to own a Tiffany lamp, this vibrant umbrella captures the floral design of the peony table lamp (ca. 1900-1904), which now belongs to the New-York Historical Society. We especially love how the dome shape of the umbrella evokes the dome shape of Tiffany's lamps. $45

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Courtesy of the Met Store.

Library Tote

Library Tote

If you're anything like us, when you visit a library or your favorite bookstore, you often leave with more than you can carry. This tote bag from the British Library can make carting it all home that much easier (and stylish). Made to look like a library card, this wonderfully fun tote features the iconic British Library book stamp. Available in three colors, this durable cotton canvas bag is sure to be the envy of all your fellow bibliophiles. $10.50

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Courtesy of the BL Shop.

Iconic Leica cameras

Instant Print

Iconic Leica cameras have handled the technology roller coaster over the last few years with innovative and relevant products. Their introduction of an instant camera, however, definitely turned heads. Included are Leica-type features you'll appreciate such as zone focusing, macro options, and a self-timer. Choose readily available Fuji color or black and white Instax film and three Sofort color choices. This Leica instant camera enlivens every special occasion. $299

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Courtesy of B&H.

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