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  • Scott Pack's Advent Calendar

    Fri, 04 Dec 2009 06:18

    Our friend Scott Pack is doing a nice series of Advent Calendar posts on his always-excellent blog Me and My Big Mouth.

    Today's advent calendar selection, he tells us, "comes with added video. It is eight minutes long but, trust me, these are eight minutes that any book lover will delight in."

    Pictorial Webster's: Inspiration to Completion from John Carrera on Vimeo.

    Sadly those beautiful handmade editions are a little bit out of my price range but thankfully, just in time for Christmas, Chronicle Books have issued an impressive trade edition which captures much of the intricacy and wonder of the original.

    Inspired by the chance discovery of an old Pictorial Webster's Dictionary, John M. Carrera, a bookbinder and printer, decided to recreate this wonderful old book and embarked upon a ten year odyssey which is outlined in the video above.

    Locating the archive of all the old engraving blocks he catalogued and restored them, eventually getting to the point where he could begin reprinting, by hand, hundreds of pages. Seriously, if you haven't clicked play on the video yet do it now. It is one of the best things you will see this year. I guarantee it.

    I am struggling to think of any book lover I know who wouldn't find this volume a complete delight. Any artist or designer either for that matter. If you do decide to give it to someone this Christmas you should probably include a link to the video as well.

    Pictorial Webster's: A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities by John M. Carrera is out now.


    1. bookpeeps's avatar bookpeeps

      can't say if i am moved by the video at all. it seems beyond me why the obsession with an (out of date) webster dictionary. i mean, i love reading books, i collect books and i look for new books. but who reads a dictionary?

      Posted Fri, 04 Dec 2009 11:40

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