Friday, September 15, 2006

Another Rainy Day Book

It's Friday, and it's raining here in Danbury. So what else is new? I'm swamped with the start of the new semester, that's what. But I am also privileged to have a copy of the most beautiful textbook that I have ever had the pleasure to buy. I never had anything like this in any of the math or computer science classes I ever took.

You can search for the Smithsonian Book of Books in Worldcat, which will find you a copy in a library near you. Not all libraries with on-line catalogs participate in WorldCat, so you might want to check your local libraries, too.


Mikabelle said...

This must be for your History of Printing class. I was a graphic design major with a minor in art history. William Morrris was one of my favorite printers and decorative arts type guys. Typography is something I learned a lot about and grew to love. One of my early jobs was as a book designer for the Franklin Mint where we basically imitated classical typography and book design. My then supervisor had a print shop in his home. He had me visit and I made my own bookplates on an old platen printing press, having set the type and cool dingbats myself. Nothing like the smell of freshly printed type on paper!

Sharon said...

That must have been a great hands-on experience.

I was familiar with William Morris as a designer--patterns and other decorative work--but I wasn't aware of the book connection until I found his volume "The Ideal Book" at the Southern library. What a beautiful book, complete with rubrics!

Our instructor, Prof. Mary Brown, has studied printing and bookbinding, and once ran a small press. It's obvious from her choice of textbook, as well as some of the on-line exhibits we've looked at, that she believes the esthetic satisfaction of books (versus electronic publishing) is still important.