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We use here the name of Alphonse Mucha for advertising our site quite unashamedly. Mucha himself had made his living through advertising and it was adverts like this one that made his name, in Paris of the late 19th century:
When Mucha produced the first poster with Sarah Bernhardt, the famous actress immediately instructed her agent never to use any other designer but Alphonse Mucha for advertising her roles on posters. Bernhardt was a big name in those days, but nowadays she is barely remembered. Mucha, however, is becoming as famous as she was, three quarters of a century after his death in Prague in 1939.
Sarah Bernhardt in Medea
He has made his name in advertising, so why not use now his name for advertising our book business? Especially as both founders of Booksplendour came to Australia from the same country as Mucha did to France. The "ch" in his name, by the way, should be hard-pronounced, as the "ch" in the lake Loch Ness in Scotland. It means "the fly" in Czech, incidentally.
So let's go back, closer to Mucha's time, the time when the splendour in books was still real, when they still came off the printer's press smelling fresh of ink and paper. In those bygone times even advertising was done by real artists, like the one we feature here, and in such ways that made looking at adds enjoyable. Why not, when instead of the ever present exploitation of female sex objects that we see nowadays, here we have something quite different. We might call it an apotheosis of the true womanhood!
To the Mucha page
was an online bookstore. We were a family business, operated by several creatures, all of them highly important and supremely intelligent. Such as Gennie and Kira:
and, well, this one ...
Booksplendour has been registered as an online Queensland based business since 2002. With more than 26,000 books listed on the net (and great many more in stock waiting to be described), we believe that we were the largest online sellers of used books in Queensland and one of the largest online bookstores in Australia. This is what it looked like inside our store:
YES, AFTER 13 YEARS OF SELLING BOOKS ONLINE, AS OF 30. NOVEMBER 2014, WE HAVE OFFICIALLY CEASED TRADING AS BOOKSPLENDOUR.COM.AU
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If you have any outstanding issues you can contact us on this address:
Tel. 07- 3202 7547
Alphonse MuchaTo the Mucha page
In our virtual gallery we have images of paintings by other artists. Samples are below. Clicking on any of these would take you to the page of that particular artist or group of artists:
The Old Masters and classical art - paintings from the 15th century to the middle of 19th Century.
The Modern Masters, from the second half of the 19th century, to the middle of the 20th century.
Pieter Brueghel, the Elder
Leonardo da Vinci
Rembrandt van Rijn
Vincent Van Gogh