The book beautiful

These blogs explore practical examples of the book as physical article and artform. Over the ages books and other written material have been presented both in utilitarian form – a clay tablet, a scribbled letter or diary – and as works of artistic design and craftsmanship whose tactile effect matches their intellectual content. The great illuminated Books of Hours of the Middle Ages were a hotline to the divine; the private presses of the early 20th century with their handmade paper, specially created fonts and remarkable woodcuts have become collectors’ pieces, honouring the supreme craftsmanship of their creators.

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