Currently on display on the 2nd floor of Llandaff Library – books on books – book history, bindings, book design, exhibition catalogues and more. Included are two new books by Keith Houston.
In The Book (002.09 HOU) Keith Houston reveals that the paper, ink, thread, glue and board from which a book is made tell as rich a story as the words on its pages-of civilisations, empires, human ingenuity and madness. In an invitingly tactile history of this 2,000 year-old medium, Houston follows the development of writing, printing, the art of illustrations, and binding to show how we have moved from cuneiform tablets and papyrus scrolls to the hardcovers and paperbacks of today. Sure to delight book lovers of all stripes with its lush, full-colour illustrations, The Book gives us the momentous and surprising history behind humanity’s most important-and universal-information technology.
Shady characters: ampersands, interrobangs and other typographical curiosities. (411.09HOU ) Where does the ampersand get its name from? What does the hashtag have to do with commerce in ancient Rome? Keith Houston gives the answers in this delightfully entertaining book.From the pilcrow to the ampersand, the entire cast of Shady Characters reflects the changes in written communication through the ages, charting how punctuation has adapted to each new technological innovation. Together, these shady characters form a rich, entertaining and surprising history of the written word and our ongoing attempts to shape it
This is how publishers Visual Editions describe this book – a new addition to our library in Llandaff and currently on the new books display:
“Tree of Codes is one of our most celebrated titles. It has won awards (D&AD In Book Award, Book Design, 2011) served as the inspiration for Wayne McGregor’s contemporary ballet at the 2015 Manchester International Festival and has sold over 30,000 copies.
Our early conversations with Jonathan Safran Foer about Tree of Codes began with Jonathan saying he was curious to explore and experiment with the die-cut technique. With that as our mutual starting point, we spent many months of emails and phone calls, exploring the idea of the pages’ physical relationship to one another and how this could somehow be developed to work with a meaningful narrative. This led to Jonathan deciding to use an existing piece of text and cut a new story out of it. Having considered working with various texts, Jonathan decided to cut into and out of what he calls his “favourite book”: The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz.”
“As Jonathan began to carve out his story, we started doing our production homework and literally got turned down by every printer we approached – their stock line being “the book you want to make just cannot be made”. Thankfully, we found Die Keure in Belgium who relished the challenge of making a book with a different die-cut on every page. Designed by Sara De Bondt Studio. Cover designed by Jon Gray.”
Follow the link above to the publisher’s website to see a video of the production of this amazing book.
So don’t forget to renew your library books before the holidays!
No library books were harmed in the making of this tree.
We are looking forward to MAKERS visiting us in Howard Gardens next week to look at our Artists’ Books collection.
These books – all featuring book making and paper manipulation – are on display ready for next weeks ‘Library Matters – Makers’ events in the library. They can’t be borrowed yet – but you may like to follow the links to the Library Catalogue to reserve a copy.
Movable Books: an illustrated history
Form: book & promotion, edited by Wang Shaoqiang
500 handmade books: inspiring interpretations of a timeless form
Books Unbound by Michael Jacobs
The Penland book of handmade books edited by Jane LaFerla
Non-adhesive binding by Keith A. Smith
Handmade bookbinding techniques: decorative techniques by Josep Cambras
Book & Art: Handcrafting Artists’ Books by Dorothy Simpson Krause
Book-art: innovation in book design by Charlotte Rivers
Slash: paper under the knife edited by Martina D’Alton
The first cut: paper at the cutting edge, curated by Fiona Corridan and Natasha Howes
Choosing and using paper for great graphic design by Keith Stephenson and Mark Hampshire
Folding techniques for designers: from sheet to form by Paul Jackson
Structure of the visual book by Keith A. Smith
Folding patterns for display & publicity and How to Fold by Lawrence K Withers
Paper cutouts by Helene Leroux-Hugon and Juliette Vicart
Paper: tear fold rip crease cut