Holiday Recommendations from Our Staff

Pictorial Websters: A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities by John M. Carrera

A splendid book and a true delight to the eyes. Carrera found the tattered remains of an 1898 edition of Pictorial Websters under his grandfather’s chair and began the task of restoration. The finished product is a 400 page work filled with popular images of the mid 19th Century, using the original stamps, a linotype machine, and the aid of an army of bookbinders. For more on the book’s story please check this online video: http://vimeo.com/5228616. An incredible book for the bibliophile, historian, or artist. -Alex

 

Microscripts by Robert Walser

In 1927, enigmatic Swiss writer Robert Walser began writing in a baffling set of tiny dots and scratches. Thought by many to be further evidence of his insanity, these ant-like pencil markings were actually an arcane, ultra-condensed Germanic script that allowed the author to write out entire stories on torn envelopes, small scraps of paper, the back of a business card. Microscripts collects twenty five of these pieces, presenting each work alongside a glossy, high-res facsimile of the handwritten draft from which it came. A beautiful book, a beautiful object. -Matthew

 

This slip-cased two-volume set features Lynd Ward’s stunning, Depression-era woodcut novels: wordless booklength stories told in bold, haunting black-and-white imagery. Each image is a visual tone poem in its own right, but in novel form they burst forth into morality plays, meditations, protests, and sagas. Edited and with an introduction by Art Spiegelman, who pays personal homage to the man considered to be the preeminent graphic novelist, these wordless novels showcase an unparalleled artist, craftsman, and storyteller. All the images reproduced are taken from prints pulled from the original woodblocks. This is a truly amazing collection. -Laurie

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