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Susan Hoerth's site focuses on "The Wizard of Oz" and "Alice in Wonderland."

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Bookmark: Self-publishing has always been hands on.

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On Friday 20 June, Dr. Marie-Claude Felton stood in front of a type case, composing stick in hand. She was selecting metal type to complete a line that read ‘Oxford, Printed at the Bodleian Printin...
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"Master of Her Own Work: RBC Fellow Marie-Claude Felton at the Bodleian Printing Press" from The Conveyor

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Bookmarking Book Art - Xu Bing

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Walk into its space. You are not supposed to be able to read Xu Bing's "Book from the Sky." I thought it was the most amazing thing, like Torah from heaven, transforming the place of the installati...
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"Not really a book or a communication, “Book from the Sky” is just an idea, suggesting something infinite, the idea of a book, the idea of communication, pure writing, non-intentional." Zachary Braiterman. According to the MOMA site, Bing's bookwork installation is not on permanent display, so great thanks to Braiterman for these photos and his comments. In the UK, the installation bookworks of Jukhee Kwon are similarly only briefly accessible and "other" in their impact. Fortunately they are similarly captured by Jaquinta here: http://www.culture24.org.uk/art/sculpture-and-installation/art461203.
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Bookmark - What Causes the Smell of New & Old Books?

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Everyone's familiar with the smell of old books, the weirdly intoxicating scent that haunts libraries and second-hand book stores. Similarly, who doesn't enjoy riffling through the pages of a newly...
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But what is the smell of reading?
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Bookmarking Book Art - Francisca Prieto

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Upcoming solo exhibition by Francisca Prieto

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Commentary on Prieto's solo exhibition "Underlined" at JaggedArt in London.

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Bookmarking Book Art - Ingrid Ruthig

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Ingrid Ruthig is a protean artist, a poet, fiction writer, editor, recovering architect (now dealing in architexts), hybrid artist, text artist (dealing in dbooks and recodings and TexTiles, i.e. p...
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Nance van Winckel's interview with Ingrid Ruthig.

 

You might also enjoy the artist's site.  Here's the opening of her artist's statement:

 

"Whether I have worn the hat of architect, writer, editor, or visual artist, the work has always come down to communication through language and image, connection through story and idea.  What fascinates me most, as both writer and artist, is how we continue to try to build or restore a narrative about the world and ourselves in it, despite our not knowing the beginning or the end of the story. We don’t know what the whole was, is, or might be, though we generate so many of the pieces themselves. Most telling, I think, is what we make of those pieces, those fragments of the tale, and how we rearrange the truth to satisfy curiosity and to ward off uncertainty. In my work, I explore the ways we imagine ourselves in the incomplete story with an unknowable end." http://ingridruthig.com/image/

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Bookmark - Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records

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If you think that the question "What is a book?" is a waste of time, here is a good place to start reconsidering that.  Before diving back into the 90s to read up on the study conducted by the International Federation of Library Associations or firming up your grasp of the entity-relationship model, let Karen Coyle introduce you to the "bibliographic universe".  You might move on from there to Barbara Tillett's piece from the Library of Congress (http://www.loc.gov/cds/downloads/FRBR.PDF). 

 

Just as Coyle wonders about the usefulness of the 30,000-foot view of the FRBR to the  organization and use of the local, individual library, I wonder about the organization and interrelations of my personal physical library, my ebook libraries (iBooks, Kindle, DejaVu, Bluefire, Marvin, etc., etc.) and my small collection of book art. As she says, "It's the connection between these that needs to be designed."

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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 - When does craft rise to art?

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Reading is Magic. Malena Valcarcel
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From the Mystery Book Artist of Edinburgh to Su Blackwell to Jodi Harvey-Brown to Justin Rowe to Thomas Wightman to Malena Valcarcel .... What makes for that moment when the response evoked is the one we have on hearing "from Joseph Cornell to ...."
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A bookshelf-like wallpaper that serves as a digital book library (pictures)

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Here is another great idea that promotes books, and digital books in particular. Vodafone Romania together with furniture store MobExpert, have developed a genuine…
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"Books do furnish a room."
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Bookmark - Detached medieval bindings

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Those of you who have spent a great deal of time on our Digitised Manuscripts site may have encountered the occasional instance of a detached binding amongst the wonderful array of medieval manuscripts on offer. Many of the bindings are spectacular works of art in themselves, featuring amazing examples of...
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From book art and online textbooks, we have had the "boundless" book, and now the British Library brings us the bookless binding.

 

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Talking-Boundless-Book-Language-Arts/dp/1879832097

 

https://www.boundless.com/

 

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Bookmarks - On self portraits

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Book reviews -- The Moment of Self-Portraiture in German Renaissance Art by Joseph Leo Koerner; JOSEPH LEO KOERNER, The Moment of Self-Portraiture in...
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In 1994 Richard Brilliant (former editor of "The Art Bulletin" and author of "Portaiture", a study published in 1992) commissioned Peter Parshall to write this informative review of Koerner's book centered on Albrecht Durer's famous self-portrait of 1500.

 

Twenty years later (amidst an explosion of "selfies" -- see Jerry Saltz's pop history in New York Magazine, 3 February 2014: http://www.vulture.com/2014/01/history-of-the-selfie.html), we have James Hall's "The Self-Portrait: A Cultural History".  A copy arrived here this weekend. Hall's starting point is to challenge the myth that the combination of glass-mirror technology and the rise of the individual brought the self-portrait into being overnight.  

 

To revel in the technological moment, it will be a treat to lay open Koerner's book alongside Hall's (and maybe Julian Bell's "500 Self-Portraits", Laura Cumming's "A Face to the World" and Ian Chilver's "The Artist Revealed") as well as Saltz's essay glowing from my iPad.  Maybe I should take a selfie with the iPad while doing so. Will it look like this?

 

http://erikkwakkel.tumblr.com/post/56273981614/the-ultimate-book-gadget-this-may-just-be-the-most

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Bookmark - Judy Malloy's Narrative as database

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In 1986 Judy Malloy published her novella Uncle Roger online as a narrative database or ‘narrabase’. In the first part of two-part ...
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It's too easy to forget forerunners like Judy Malloy and Michael Joyce. Here "The Literary Platform" performs a service to the former with an extensive interview.

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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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