Monthly Archives: May 2013

Bookmark for Literacy — Tom Chatfield

Tom Chatfield’s short essay “I Type, Therefore I Am” celebrates the increasingly rapid rise of literacy. At some point in the past two million years, give or take half a million, the genus of great apes that would become modern … Continue reading

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Bookmarking Book Art — Rutherford Witthus

This is strong but quiet work. It blends Eastern and Western traditions of the book arts.  It joins the blackletter fonts of the Cistercian monks with the typography of Hermann Zapf.   It joins John Cage’s chance-determined selection in the … Continue reading

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Bookmarking Book Art – Casey Gardner

This is a work that succeeds on every level: the text, both humorous and pithy, is engaging, the craft and material selection superb, the design and layout a balance of image, information and space. The presentation is such that one … Continue reading

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Bookmarking Book Art — British Academy

News Item – British Academy.  Part of Literature Week at the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences, an exhibit called “Turning the Page” and presenting the book sculptures of Justin Rowe, a bookseller in Cambridge, is being held … Continue reading

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Bookmarking Book Art — M. L. Van Nice

Here is truly found book art.  All the work here was done by bugs.   As the artist relates, “I merely recognized the feast, or rather the scene of the feast. I did wonder, however, if they stopped to pause … Continue reading

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Bookmarking Book Art — Ed Ruscha

I want to be the Henry Ford of book making. —Ed Ruscha Sunset Strip is opened and described here. And from his series Le Vite dei Libri (The Lives of Books), Giulio Maffei provides clever catalog entry on the Sunset Strip. Gagosian Gallery … Continue reading

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Bookmark — Anniversary of the Book’s Freedom from Taxation

In 1513, Louis XII of France issued an edict praising printing, exempting it from a large impost and removing a tax on books.  Louis declared that “the printer-booksellers … ought to be maintained in their privileges, liberties, franchises, exemptions, and … Continue reading

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