Bookmark – Aldus Manutius, 6 February 1515 – 6 February 2015

Late afternoon before the long worn wooden benches in the Bodleian's Convocation Hall, 500 years after the death of Aldus Manutius, Oren Margolis served his audience well, providing them with a richer appreciation of the "finest printed book of the entire Renaissance"* - the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili - and of its publisher Aldus Manutius. Drawing our attention to... Continue Reading →

Bookmarking Book Art – “I placed a jar in Tennessee,/ …”

Hollie Berry has two brief posts on book art at Book Arts at The Open Press (BA@TOP), a supportive community of book artists in Chattanooga, Tennessee, for whom The Open Press provides access to printmaking, book arts, and letterpress classes, workshops and equipment. Her first post offers as examples of the breadth of book art: Dan Essig, Sandy Webster, Brian... Continue Reading →

Bookmark – Bodoni’s Bicentennial

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the passing of a great contributor to the linked histories of the book and typography:  Giambattista Bodoni (1740-1813).  Bodoni among others such as Fournier and Didot established the "Modern" fonts, typefaces characterized by the extreme contrast of their thick and thin strokes, delicate and sharp serifs and a... Continue Reading →

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 immunities, in consideration of the great benefits which have been conferred upon our kingdom by... Continue Reading →

Bookmark — Anniversary of The Imprint and Its Font

The Imprint This year is the centenary of Gerard Meynell's trade periodical The Imprint, which was the scene of Stanley Morison's first appearance in print. How appropriate then that Morison's book A Tally of Types tells the story of the journal's founding and, equally important, how the historic font called Imprint Old Face came into... Continue Reading →

Bookmarking the Objectification of the Book

The book as object is not new.  Think of Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry. What might be remarkable -- or book-markable -- is whether the surge in objectifying the book through sumptuous illumination, miniaturization or the creation of book art occurs at definitive moments of shifting media.  One-off illuminated manuscripts preceded the... Continue Reading →

Bookmarking a Book Burning – II

Ferris Jabr's article "The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens" in Scientific American (April 11, 2013) revisits the themes raised in Maryanne Wolf's Proust and the Squid mentioned in the previous posting.   Jabr highlights much insightful writing on the neuroscience of reading, on which more in a bit.  He begins,... Continue Reading →

Bookmarking Book Art — Emma Taylor, updated 20140205

The fate of the book is becoming more and more critical as digital replacements ingrain themselves deeper into our society.  To me the possibility of the end of the book is a tragic one; I appreciate books as an object as much as I enjoy the stories and knowledge which they hold.  I predominantly work... Continue Reading →

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Text in Art

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Mathematical Art

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Curated by Robert Bolick

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Taking paper beyond the page

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Fibre Art, Eco Printing, Artists' Books, Vintage Textiles

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