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36011 Bring the centuries-old symbol of perfection, light and life to your bookshelf with this aged fleur-de-lis bookend set. Bronze-colored alabastrite. 4 3/8" x 3 1/8" x 7 1/8" high. $14.95

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37978 Your most treasured times will remain upright with these mythical dragon guardians! Richly rendered in astonishing detail, these bookends add a mystical decorative touch to any room. Polyresin. Each is 10 1/4"x 3 1/4" x 7" high. Pair $22.95

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38437 Elegance and beauty abound in this pair of captivating bookends! Jewel-tone greens and golds glimmer against the deepest tones of mahogany; intricate filigree borders and majestic peacocks recall the renowned artistry of the Art Nouveau period. A stunning addition to your library! Polyresin. Each is 7 5/8" x 3 7/8" x 6" high. Pair $19.95

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Bookends History and Use

Bookends have actually only been around, history wise, for a very short period of time. They began to make their appearance only well after the Renaissance, when the number of books being printed increased. Around this time, as a safety matter, books started being stacked vertically.

Bookends are usually placed at the left and right sides of vertically stacked books, usually when those books are not in use. Books should be stacked vertically because book covers deform if placed horizontally. Some people expect bookends to hold books back as a dam does water. Make sure the bookends you select will balance and hold the books where you want them. When arranging your books, make sure you arrange them so they are next to each other just tightly enough to keep them upright, but not so tight as to invite damage when you remove them. Make sure they are not leaning in anyway or eventually the books will become deformed.

Some may view bookends as a luxury. After all, you could use just heavy rocks to hold up your books. But bookends keep shelves looking neat and they serve a decorative purpose. Most people cherish their books not only for what lies between the covers but also for their keepsake value, and nice bookends add to the visual display. Bookends often reflect the style of the times they originated. Some are collectible. Some are pieces of art. In any case, they are a necessary and practical part of any home or office. Choose from our great selection.

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