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Bookmarking a Book Burning

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They were mouldy, unread and long out of date. So why did I feel bad about burning my Britannicas?
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A thoughtful piece on the need for an important cultural artifact to evolve -- not just in its codex form but in its very essence -- the Encyclopedia.

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Barbara Ford's comment, March 9, 2013 5:11 AM
I watched this video and realized just how sad it will be when and if all publishers cease print and all physical books become artifacts (a la Star Trek). Which is worse? Burning books because they are now available in an electronic format? Or not having any physical books to burn, unless you steal them from a museum or collector?
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Bookmarking Book Art - Editions of Grandeur

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Showing through 24 May 2014

 

Alicia Bailey

Elizabeth Claffey

Susan Collard

Adele Crawford

Steven Daiber

John and Robin Gumaelius

Helen Hiebert

Fritz Liedtke

Julie Shaw Lutts

Amandine Nabarra-Piomelli

Marina Soria

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Royal Manuscripts Follow-on Project - Completed!

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“The Royal Manuscripts project team are pleased to announce that with the publication of 1000 Years of Royal Books and Manuscripts, edited by Kathleen Doyle and Scot McKendrick, published by British Library Publications, the AHRC-funded follow-on to...”
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Here's a far-reaching gift to the world of book arts - by book and Web.
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Bookmark - The Medieval Page

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Medieval book historian at Leiden University, The Netherlands, Erik Kwakkel posts images of medieval books and shares what's special about them. ... (@erik_kwakkel).

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From 1375, a circular ballade inscribed in a treatise on music theory and notation (The Berkeley Theory Manuscript pp. ii + 62 + ii - Yellowish paper over stiff boards; quarter bound in brown leather. - Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872), his n. 4450. - Emerson, Catalog of pre-1900 vocal manuscripts in the Music Library, University of California at Berkeley n. 693).  In an interesting use of the page, the song "En la maison Dedalus" (In the House of Dedalus) forms a maze at the center of which is the main character of the song, Ariadne, daughter of King Minos, for whom Dedalus designed the maze in which the Minotaur was held.


Aside from the highly expert content and pre-"Gödel Escher Bach"-ness of it, the artifact rewards thinking about this fundamental element of the codex - the page. Even if it had been displayed in a scroll, chances are that the song would have been demarcated within a series of  "paginae", the precursors of the codex's pages. Had it not, had it been embedded in a stream of text and rubrication, what would the effect be of the loss of enhanced discreteness? 

 

Next time you are scrolling down a seemingly unending well of content on a website screen, ask yourself whether the absence of the page affects your appreciation of what you are reading. Then consider the very different effect this page offers in contrast. 

 

Thanks to Erik Kwakkel for sharing. 

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Bookmarking Book Art - A belated Valentine's Day bookmark

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Dreamy eyes


Heart-shaped books from medieval times frequently make their rounds on social media (here is a really nice post devoted to them). For good reason, of course, because they are as unusual as they are pretty. Dating exclusively from the 15th and 16th century, they commonly contain songs, poetry and other short texts devoted to Love. As much as I love actual surviving books, this depiction in a painting from c. 1480 speaks to me because of the context it provides - lacking when you hold the real medieval book in your hand. There he is, the reader, walking around town, holding the heart-shaped pages with love poetry in his hand. He looks dreamy, as if contemplating his love, lost or waiting at home. It’s an unusual snapshot of how those heart-shaped books were used for real - or at least how I would like them to be. 


Pic: Metropolitan Museum, Accession nr. 50.145.25 (Young Man Holding a Book, anonymous, c. 1480). More info here, as well as a Hi-Res image.
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A hat tip to Erik Kwakkel for this belated (positively medievally belated) Valentine's Day book.

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Bookmark - The Center for the Book, Library of Congress

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"The Center for the Book at the Library of Congress has a new Wikipedia page, courtesy of occasional Fine Books blogger Jeremy Howell. Although a basic entry existed before consisting of only a couple of sentences, Jeremy managed to fill out the page with information he had gathered over the past few months." Rebecca Rego Barry (7 February 2014)

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Bookmarking Book Art - "Previously on ..."

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"Previously on ..."  Say the phrase and most listeners' brains switch to a favorite channel and television series. It is part of our vernacular. It instantly evokes a compound state of remembering ...
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Abecedaries and book art -- from silhouettes to animation to apps.

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Bookmarking Book Art - How was that made?

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Taking a paperback book I have carefully taken out the pages so I am left with a pile of paper and the empty cover.
A page is taken and rolled into a scroll.
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A book artist's process description. 

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Bookmarking Book Art - A Calendar Page for February 2014

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For more information about the Huth Hours, please see our post A Calendar Page for January 2014. Our calendar pages for February contain two scenes of labourers trimming vines, one of the traditional labours for this unpleasant month.
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Thanks for the British Library!

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Bookmarking Book Art - in medias res ... Andrew Hayes

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When Andrew told me it was e.e. cummings's 100 poems he found in the middle of the stacks of books awaiting a bookshelf he planned to build, I winced. cummings has always been hard for me to figure...
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Hayes has a solo exhibit starting on 31 January 2014 at the Seager Gray Gallery.  Take a look!

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Bookmark - Pixel Dust? Or "It's Alive!"?

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The Shelley-Godwin Archive: From a Textual to a Digital Condition -- Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities At MITH we have been experimenting with the networked, distributed transcription and encoding of manuscripts during the first...
Robert Bolick's insight:

Compare and contrast this announcement with Johanna Drucker's essay in the LA Review of Books: 

http://lareviewofbooks.org/essay/pixel-dust-illusions-innovation-scholarly-publishing/#.UtkzAmnFDPY.twitter

 

The work at MITH and that of the Archimedes Codex to which it refers represent important advances in the evolution of the book. The ability to annotate and share annotations - as well as the ability to study past annotations - is now very real.

 

WC3 workgroups are working toward standard specifications for open annotation, which will make this kind of advance in reading and scholarship more widely available. This standards-making process is supported by the International Digital Publishing Forum, which is aiming to accommodate open annotation in the EPUB specification: 

http://idpf.org/news/open-annotations-in-epub-kicks-off

 

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Bookmark - Not a bookless library

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Ed Nawotka visits BiblioTech, the new all-ebook library in San Antonio, Texas, which is opening new opportunities for the low-literacy community.
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People will just get on with their reading, won't they? And the next thing you know, we're another step along the evolution of the book.
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Bookmark - Spermatic!

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Spermatic. There’s a word you don’t come across much anymore. Not only does it sound fusty and arcane, as if it had been extracted from the nether regions of a moldy physiology handbook, but it see...
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A thoughtful, Transcendental celebration of what reading and literature do to our minds and brains. Thank you, Nicholas Carr!

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Bookmark - Review of "Between Page and Screen"

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A stitch and insightful.  This cross-media review of "Between Page and Screen" by the artists Amaranth Borsuk and Brad Bourse is embedded in an article ("what a dodo might teach us about books"), well worth reading in its entirety

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Bookmarking Book Art - Book Designer Irma Boom

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“In this interview by Design Matters host Debbie Millman on Design Observer, book designer Irma Boom talks about why she doesn’t think the book is dead, how she designs, and much more.”
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I brought home the newly designed Rijksmuseum guidebook, designed by Boom. It's a pleasure to hold her small square-ish guide with its section flaps that perform the function of thumb-indexes, a pleasure to own a small, practical work of art. Now, if only they could team her up with someone to create a larger work and selection of the museum's holdings.
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Bookmark - “The Digital Flattening of Expression”

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In another elegy for paper, Mark Fox leaps from the famous conversation between Ray Bradbury's characters Professor Faber and Fireman Montag in "Fahrenheit" 451 that begins, 

“Do you know why books such as this are so important? Because they have quality. And what does the word quality mean?"

 

to Jaron Lanier's assertion that the remix culture is responsible for “the digital flattening of expression into a global mush.”

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Consider, however, this conversation between the artists Stefan Saalfeld

(http://uk.lumas.com/pictures/stefan_saalfeld/rising/) and

Gerhard Mantz

(http://uk.lumas.com/artist-overview/gerhard_mantz/

published in the February 2013 issue of the Lumas Gallery Magazine, "The Liberation of Art"

(http://uk.lumas.com/magazine/):

 

"Saalfeld - ... I'm interested in the changes that take place over time. In nature, the old sits alongside the new. There are always tensions, and injuries.

 

Mantz - That is exactly what characterises your images. This breaking apart and breaking through as if the colours were peeling off to reveal fragments of completely different pictures behind.

 

Saalfeld - Gaps appear through these breaks and dislocations. This allows something different to emerge from the image. There is always an unexplained story behind the story, another version. I no longer believe in a single, individual image."

 

Here is a healthy "anxiety of influence" that overcomes its qualms about tradition, builds upon it and, yes, perhaps devours it as if it were seed corn.

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Bookmark - The Future of Editorial and Design?

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Fonts that react in real time, drawings that sing, and volumes whose contents depend on how fast you flip. Glimpse the future with nine questions that could shape tomorrow’s books.   Melanie is a P...
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Nextrends highlights nine tools to prompt some tempting questions about possible futures of the book.

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Barbara Ford's curator insight, February 26, 5:31 AM

The future's so bright you'll wear shades....I've been pleased to see many positive articles around the various blogs and groups that indicate books will continue .... in multiple formats.  Good show!

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Bookmark - Who Owns the Findability Function?

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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,...
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Now where did we leave that book?

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Bookmarking Book Art - Giuseppe Arcimboldo

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                  To think, that by 1549 when Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1527-93) was commissioned for his first artwork (stained glass window designs for the...
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Andrés Martins de Barros - this century's Arcimboldo.

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Bookmarking Book Art - A Good Book

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What is "A Good Book"? A hard question? A trick question? Yes and no. Since 2011, Bernd Kuchenbeiser, the Munich-based book designer, has been attempting an answer. He began by posting entries to a...
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The beginnings of a rich database by which to explore what makes a good book?

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Bookmarking Book Art - Jukhee Kwon & John Latham

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Ezra Pound espoused the view that the best way to understand and critique literature was by juxtaposition of works from different periods. Thanks to Jaquinta for applying this technique to book art.

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Bookmark - Infographic for the Evolution of the Book

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The origins of the e-reader you use may go back further than you think; way back to circa 3500 BC. Check out this infographic for a history of how we
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Anyone up for grafting on some branches to cover standards, the month and year ebook sales overtook print sales, the appearance of Voyager and later the book as app, the German forerunner of the paperback, the introduction of the English paperback, Queen Anne's Statute ... where is Tufte when you need him?! 

 

For additional timeline links, take a look here: http://wp.me/p2AYQg-3B. ;

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Bookmarking Book Art - Atelier des Grames

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"English Professor at College of Holy Cross Collaborates with French Poet and Artist to Create Miniature Book and Sculpture | College of the Holy Cross" 

 

The 24 copies of this tiny book of hours and accompanying sculpture entitle "Heure" comes from the distinguished Atelier des Grames:

http://www.atelierdesgrames.com/f/index.php?sp=liv&livre_id=250

 

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Bookmark - Medieval hyperlink binding technique?

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Six books, one binding


Here’s something special. You may remember a blog I posted about dos-à-dos (or “back-to-back”) books. These are very special objects consisting of usually two books, which were bound together at their, well, backs.
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Erik Kwakkel, book historian at Leiden University in the Netherlands, posted images of this unusual six-fold "dos-à-dos" book held in the National Library of Sweden. If you visit the site, also look for the fore-edge illustration AND carving ("gauffered"), which makes this leather, vellum and metal gem an even more outstanding example of the book arts, book art and analogue "hyperlinking" all in one.  For more on "dos-à-dos" bindings, see Sarah Werner's "The Collation" at the Folger Shakespeare Library (http://collation.folger.edu/2014/01/back-to-back-reading/), and for more on fore-edge illustration, see Martin Frost's "Fore-Edge Painting" (http://www.foredgefrost.co.uk/).

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Bookmarking Book Art - Beube's "Breaking the Codex"

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A useful pointer to an important book and artist.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Yusuke Oono

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Outstanding gathering of book art techniques and concepts here - lasercutting, silhouetting, flip-book and pop-up within a sustained narrative.

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D. L. Held's curator insight, January 14, 12:46 PM

Incredible!