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Pictorial Webster's: A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities

Pictorial Webster's: A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities

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By (author) Johnny Carrera

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  • Publisher: CHRONICLE BOOKS
  • Format: Hardback | 512 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 188mm x 46mm | 885g
  • Publication date: 26 August 2009
  • Publication City/Country: California
  • ISBN 10: 0811867188
  • ISBN 13: 9780811867184
  • Illustrations note: 1500
  • Sales rank: 37,250

Product description

This chunky volume features more than 1500 original engravings that illustrated the Webster's dictionaries of the 19th Century. Meticulously cleaned and restored by fine-press bookmaker Johnny Carerra, these engravings have been compiled into an infinitely fascinating artistic visual reference. Images of everything from Acorns to Zebras, Bell Jars to Velocipedes, are arranged alphabetically to create enigmatic juxtapositions of the items deemed important to the Victorian mind. Perfect for delighting and inspiring today's artists, designers, and anyone with an interest in visual history, "Pictorial Webster's" is a visually stunning reference on both the dictionary thought-process and on printing technique.

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John Carrera is a printer, bookbinder, artist, and maker of fine-press books. He is the founder and proprietor of Quercus Press letterpress and bindery. He has taught and lectured extensively in the areas of book arts. His work is held in the special collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Yale University, Boston Athenaeum, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the Smithsonian Institution Library, Stanford University, and many others. He is a member of the Letterpress Guild of New England and the Society of Printers.