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Ruth Halbert: looking, thinking, making
  • erikkwakkel:

    Medieval animals made out of words

    This is a special book from the early Middle Ages (France, 9th century). Not only does it contain a high volume of very attractive images, but these images are also not what you would expect: they are drawn, as it were, with words. They illustrate Cicero’s Aratea, a work of astronomy. Each animal represents a constellation and the written words in them are taken from an explanatory text by Hyginus (his Astronomica). His words are crucial for these images because the drawings would not exist without them. It is not often in medieval books that image and text have such a symbiotic relationship, each depending on the other for its very existence.

    Pics (BL): London, British Library, Harley 647 (France, 9th century). The manuscript is available fully digitized here. More about illustrated Aratea manuscripts here. English extracts from Hyginus’ texts are found here (including the swan).

    (via lshefler)

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  • reginasworld:

    ‘Indigo: The Colour That Changed the World’, a new book by Catherine Legrand published by Thames & Hudson (ISBN 978 0 500 516607), offers a fascinating documentation of the importance of this dye created from variants of the indigofera plant, tracing Indigo’s history and cultivation from the Golden Triangle to Central America, to demonstrate why it has been so important and renowned in multiple textile practices for so many centuries.  photos © Catherine Legrand / Thames & Hudson.

    (via catherinewillis)

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  • sexycodicology:

    Amazing manuscript in the shape of the fleur-de-lis. It is a Book of Hours for the use of Rome, made circa 1555.

    (Amiens, Bibliothèque municipale, fonds L’Escalopier 022)

    (via lshefler)

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  • rebeccablairart:

    Moleskine 02, #095

    (via rawveganani)

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  • thestarlighthotel:

    Altered books by Robfos

    1. Folded World Atlas (Altered Books 2010)  Large format altered atlas, folded pages
    2. Mountain Fold (Altered Book 2011) small format altered book - vintage book with folded book pages, found leaves, shellac, bitumen
    3. Attempted Murder (Altered Book 2012)  small format vintage cloth bound book, cut pages, pen, ink, gouache

    (via bookron)

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  • "Bookbinding at its ultimate realization is not a physical act of sewing or gluing, but a conceptual ordering of time and space."
    Keith Smith (via the-bookbinder-girl)

    (via bookron)

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