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Pages: 40

Language: English

Publisher: University of Washington Press (25 May 2010)

By: Erin C. Blake (Author), Stuart Sillars (Author)

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Extending the Book introduces the largely-forgotten art of extra-illustration -- individually adding portraits or other illustrations to published books -- and explores what this personalized form of book design reveals about the history of reading. It includes a brief introduction to the concept of designing and creating a unique book by adding external material and an overview of the phenomenons history and its heyday in the later eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The works of Shakespeare -- the most popular single author for extra-illustration -- exemplify the practice as it changed over time. From the beginning, extra-illustrators had to defend the exquisite handicraft (in the words of an 1890 proponent) against accusations of breaking up a good book to illustrate a worse one (in the words of an 1892 critic). This book examines the art and the practice of extra-illustration, from crudely altered books to beautiful new creations.


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