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A showcase of book bindings, illuminated manuscripts, comics, and children's books found at London's National Art Library in the Victoria & Albert Museum details a history of the styles, crafts, and technologies used in book design.
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James Bettley is the former head of Collection Development at the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.From School Library Journal:
Adult/High School-This collection maintained and organized by the Victoria and Albert Museum is presented in chronological order from medieval manuscripts through illustrated 19th-century periodicals and novels and children's books to modern comic books and graphic novels. Divided by format (e.g., "Illumination," "Bindings," "Documentary Manuscripts," "Poetry and Experimental Typography"), each section offers about 10 examples in the form of full-page color plates, each faced by detailed discussion of the technology, purpose, and practitioner who yielded the reproduced work. Budding as well as accomplished artists will cherish this history of illustration; readers who have no artistic talents will, nonetheless, better understand how books have evolved as aspects of material culture. The text is technical but accessible and the amount of information about the role of print material in Western culture is elucidating. The reproduction quality is excellent, making this a feast for the eye as well as the mind. This book has a place in several areas of school curricula as well as in the personal lives of many youth.
Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
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Book Description Victoria & Albert Museum, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0810965720
Book Description Victoria & Albert Museum, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0810965720