- Hardcover: 512 pages
- Publisher: Chronicle Books (July 29, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0811867188
- ISBN-13: 978-0811867184
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 2 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 49 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pictorial Webster's: A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities
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John M. Carrera is a printer, bookbinder, and artist who has taught and lectured extensively. He is the founder and proprietor of Quercus Press letterpress and bindery. He lives in Waltham, Massachusetts.
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The placement of the printed engravings is not just an encyclopedic representation of the best engravings of western European/American science and history. For that alone this would be an incredible achievement. The world class engravings from the original Webster plates are incredible. Thousands of the best engravings ever produced.
The book also attempts to reach the subconscious of the reader, and by the ironic, poignant, whimsical and sometimes tragic placement of the engravings, succeeds in stunning fashion. One embarks on a historical and personal journey by perusing these pages. I could see where ideas came from, how explorers were figuring out the world as they discovered it, and the seeds for present triumphs and future catastrophes. The creative juxtaposition of the engravings, which are reproduced with exceptional clarity, ripple through the place where dreams and visions are made, stirring the creative spirit.
This is better than a course in American and world history, and ten times as interesting! An exceptional gift for the person who thinks they have seen it all, thinks they know it all, or someone who wants to see it all, because, literally, from Aardvark, Abitis to Yeti, it's all there.
Fun, enchanting, serious, and most of all inspiring to the creative genius within. Check out the videos online "Musical References in Pictorial Webster's", and "The Making of Pictorial Webster's". Both are a hoot.
PS theres some history of Websters Pictorial archive aswell, and some funny stuff.
I'm not sure of the copyright status, but would be an excellent source for the graphic artist or web designer.
don't care if they are first editions or new copies.