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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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The Art of the Book


The Book Cover in the Weimar Republic edited by Jürgen Holstein

From the publisher’s website: “The years between the First and Second World Wars in Germany are famed for their cultural boom. With Berlin as its epicenter, the Weimar Republic was replete with ground-breaking literature, philosophy, and art. At the heart of this intellectual and creative hub were some of the mostoutstanding and forward-thinking book designs in history.

Book Covers in the Weimar Republic assembles 1,000 of the most striking examples from this golden age of publishing activity and innovation. Based on the remarkable collection of Jürgen Holstein and his rare collectible Blickfang, it combines an unparalleled catalog of dust jackets and bindings with Holstein’s introduction to the leading figures and particular energy of the Weimar publishing age. Expert essays discuss the aesthetic and cultural context of these precious fourteen years, in which a freewheeling spirit would flourish, only to be trampled, burned, or driven out of the country with the rise of National Socialism.” Read more here.

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An Anthology of Decorated Papers by P J M Marks

This remarkable and beautiful book brings together a collection of decorated papers dating from the 16th to the 20th century. They were produced for a wide variety of uses: as wrappers and endpapers for books, as the backing for playing cards, and even as linings for chests and cases. Some decorated papers were used as humble pictures for display in churches and the home; some were sold as souvenirs to pilgrims; and others were used merely as wrappings for foodstuffs such as gingerbread and chocolate. What unites all the papers in the book is the richness of their ornamentation and the thin, flexible characteristics of the original sheets. They are all further united by having been collected by Olga Hirsch (1889-1968), a trained bookbinder who left her collection of some 3,500 papers to the British Library, where they remain one of the largest and most diverse collections of decorated papers in the world. The collection has never previously been published except as a mini-format 64-page introductory gift book.This new beautifully designed album of the best and most exquisite papers in the collection will be a revelation and an inspiration to designers, bibliophiles and anyone with a love of pattern and ornamentation.


More new books on display until 13th July after which time they can be borrowed.

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Artists’ Books on World Book Day

It’s World Book Day . . . and we’ve just run a workshop for a group of Level 5 students from the School of Art & Design who are embarking on a project run by Tom Martin on artists’ books. After viewing the display of books donated to the library by Ron King, they spent an engaging 90 minutes exploring 50 or so examples of artists’ books from the Special Collection in Llandaff library.


A variety of book structures and bookbinding methods were examined – and there were lively comments about all aspects of the books: the feel and in some cases the smell of the books, the materials used, the methods of binding, the content and text through to the emotions evoked by some of the books.

Over the next few weeks the students will take part in a series of workshops in the print studio before assembling and binding their finished books.  We can’t wait to see them!

‘A blog a day during March – artists’ books – the Ron King donation’


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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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