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978-0-8109-6572-0 / 0810965720

Art of the Book: From Medieval Manuscript to Graphic Novel (Victoria and Albert Museum Studies)

by Bettley, James

Publisher:Victoria & Albert Museum

Edition:Hardcover

Language:English

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Celebrating the marriage of word and image on the written and printed page, The Art of the Book presents rarely examined treasures from the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Featuring a huge range of material spanning six centuriesincluding illuminated manuscripts, fine bindings, the classics of childrens literature, comic novels, and artists books, it explores the ways in which books not only transmit information but become works of art in their own right.

Thematic sections illustrate the key aspects of book design and production over the ages. With medieval books of hours sitting alongside contemporary paperback novels, the choice of artists, designers, subjects, and authors is wonderfully variedfrom Leonardo da Vinci to Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, Aesop to Charles Dickens, and de Brunhoffs Babar the Elephant to Art Spiegelmans Maus. Strikingly illustrated with 100 colorplates, this absorbing compendium will be of interest to collectors, graphic designers, and booklovers.

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