If you had to guess what kind of boat is most associated with books, what type do you think it would be?
Just like cats and books, birds and books, and rain and books go together, so do books and sailboats (although there are some rare exceptions to the sailboat).
For these summer days, I thought it would be fun to look at my collection of images of books in art for the theme of boat. I found quite a few.
Not only does the sailboat work conceptually since sailboats and books are both places of leisure, contemplation and escape:
It works artistically given how books and boats echo each other visually:
Sometimes the books and boat metaphor can feel a bit stretched:
I do like the idea of books as an ark to preserve knowledge–although I’m not sure what the cylinders on the roof are about.
Books and boats can also be seen as a metaphor for capturing knowledge:
Or maybe the appeal is that with both boats and book we are set a-sail on something vast and deep: