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Books on Books

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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

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World Book Day @ Cyncoed Library


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by | February 15, 2017 · 11:12 am

Tree of Codes: Jonathan Safran Foer




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.

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Christmas is coming . . . . . .






So don’t forget to renew your library books before the holidays!

  No library books were harmed in the making of this tree.














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Paper … cut … fold … slash … bind

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 

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