Category Archives: History of the Book

Bookmarking Book Art – More Manutius in Manchester and More to Come

Merchants of Print from Venice to Manchester,                                                           29 January to 21 June … Continue reading

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Bookmarking Book Art – Large-Scale Installations, Update 20170609

In her note in BookRiot, Nikki Steele takes Brian Dettmer’s  TED talk remark that books are created to relate to our human scale and builds on it elegantly, if all too briefly, by bringing together the installation works “Literature versus Traffic”, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Bookmarking Book Art — in medias res … Math Monahan

Math Monahan’s installation Specimen is book art that cannot be ignored. [ The book is an organism.  It lived, spread all over the world and, some would consider, is endangered today.  These creatures have a life of their own.  They manifest themselves … Continue reading

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Bookmark – Who Owns the Findability Function?

The Repository of Primary Sources has been running since 1995 at the University of Idaho. Under the wing of Terry Abraham, it lists “over 5000 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Bookmarking Book Art – Exhibit at the Grosvenor Rare Book Room

“There is art to be found in science books and science to be found in artist’s books.” The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library has been kind enough to share the exhibit labels for its display held in March this … Continue reading

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