Thanks to Michael Lieberman at Book Patrol, I come to admire Tom Bloom's lovely illustrations for Between The Covers (BTC), an antiquarian book store in New Jersey, USA.
It all happened 20 years ago. When Tom Congalton, the proprietor of BTC, and cartoonist, book collector Tom Bloom first met in the late 1980's, they agreed to swap books for art. Ever since, Tom's illustrations have graced the covers of over 100 catalogs for BTC. His work has also appeared on numerous lists issued by BTC and is a seminal element of their website.
Dan Gregory from BTC has recently begun to document this relationship with a series of galleries featuring Bloom's work for BTC. In addition to the images for each catalog, he also provides a brief history of the catalog itself.
What an amazing collaboration !