Paperback / softback
January 27, 2010
20 color illus.
11.75 Inches (US)
8.00 Inches (US)
.3 Pounds (US)
$14.95 USD, £10.99 GBP
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Extending the Book

The Art of Extra-Illustration

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 phenomenon’s 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.
Folger Shakespeare Library

9780295990231 : extending-the-book-blake-sillars
Paperback / softback
40 Pages
$14.95 USD

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