Art of the Book: From Medieval Manuscript to Graphic Novel

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"In a series of thematic chapters, the authors look at the Library's major holdings, and in the process illustrate the main aspects of book design and production over the centuries. With medieval books of hours sitting alongside contemporary paperback novels, the choice is varied, from Leonardo da Vinci to Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, Joan of Arc to Judge Dredd, Aesop to Charles Dickens, and Babar the Elephant to Ian Fleming." "The colour plates, accompanied by a clear and informative text, demonstrate the many facets of the art of bookmaking. This
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Overview

"In a series of thematic chapters, the authors look at the Library's major holdings, and in the process illustrate the main aspects of book design and production over the centuries. With medieval books of hours sitting alongside contemporary paperback novels, the choice is varied, from Leonardo da Vinci to Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, Joan of Arc to Judge Dredd, Aesop to Charles Dickens, and Babar the Elephant to Ian Fleming." "The colour plates, accompanied by a clear and informative text, demonstrate the many facets of the art of bookmaking. This compendium, spanning six centuries, will be of interest to all those with a love of art, literary history and illustration."--BOOK JACKET.
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With the book more and more considered an endangered species, it is heartening to read that "for the foreseeable future at least, as long as art is made there will be books published to promote and explain its meanings." This compendium offers a glimpse into the depth of the holdings of the National Art Library (NAL) at London's Victoria & Albert Museum, whose objectives are to collect the book as object, serve as a repository of art publications, and provide research material to the museum staff. Bettley, former head of collection development at the NAL, traces developments in the book arts from illumination and calligraphy to printing and photography. A chapter on bindings reveals a great variety, from jeweled to paperback, and one on documentary manuscripts offers examples from da Vinci, Swift, and others. The library's holdings in children's books, as well as in comic books and graphic novels, continue to grow in international scope. Illustrated with 100 color plates; highly recommended for all art, academic, and large public collections. Paula Frosch, Metropolitan Museum of Art Lib., New York Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Adult/High School-This collection maintained and organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum is presented in chronological order from medieval manuscripts through illustrated 19th-century periodicals and novels and children's books to modern comic books and graphic novels. Divided by format (e.g., "Illumination," "Bindings," "Documentary Manuscripts," "Poetry and Experimental Typography"), each section offers about 10 examples in the form of full-page color plates, each faced by detailed discussion of the technology, purpose, and practitioner who yielded the reproduced work. Budding as well as accomplished artists will cherish this history of illustration; readers who have no artistic talents will, nonetheless, better understand how books have evolved as aspects of material culture. The text is technical but accessible and the amount of information about the role of print material in Western culture is elucidating. The reproduction quality is excellent, making this a feast for the eye as well as the mind. This book has a place in several areas of school curricula as well as in the personal lives of many youth.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810965720
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 6
Introduction 7
1 Illumination (the Decorated Page) 14
2 Nineteenth-Century Book Illustration 36
3 Bindings 56
4 Documentary Manuscripts 76
5 Children's Books 96
6 Comics 122
7 Poetry and Experimental Typography 144
8 Book Art 164
9 Contemporary Art and Publishing 186
Further Reading 206
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