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Hand bookbindings

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Two editions of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam from a presentation of special bindings at the Princeton University Library. The peacock design contains real jewels. In addition to these displays of lavish blocking there are some remarkable examples of edge decoration, something one rarely sees today even on expensive limited editions. Thanks again to Thom […]

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Assorted peacocks

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I have a peacock-heavy piece of art out next month so with that grasping for spurious relevance here’s a few more peacock discoveries. Antoine Helbert‘s untitled peacock man is one of a number of striking portraits turning humans into birds. Via Chateau Thombeau. Peacock styles, Anchor Buggy Co. (1897) at the Library of Congress.

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The art of Johanna Basford

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Macbeth. “I’m a creative catch-all; a designer / illustrator / printer on a mission to cover the world with my hand drawn patterns and motifs,” says Johanna Basford. “I’m not a Vector Technician, but one of the dwindling number of creatives who still likes to put pen to paper.” Beautiful, intricate work. Via ~Wunderkammer~ (again). […]

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Weekend links 4

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Will at A Journey Round My Skull turned up this hand-coloured picture from Ronald Balfour’s illustrated Rubáiyát some of whose other drawings were featured here recently. That distant volcano is a curious detail. Related: Golden Age Comic Book Stories posted plates from Willy Pogány’s edition. • Authors on authors: China Miéville on JG Ballard; Rodrigo […]

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Ronald Balfour’s Rubáiyát

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If the work of illustrator Ronald Balfour (1896–1941) isn’t as well-known as it should be it’s probably because his 1920 edition of the Rubáiyát is his sole major work according to a recent feature in Book & Magazine Collector. These illustrations were produced when he was 24 and while the drawing can be uncertain in […]

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The illustrators archive

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Previous posts about illustrators. • Sculptured Melodies by Mera Sett • André Castaigne’s Phantom of the Opera • The Romance of Perfume • Claude Shepperson’s First Men in the Moon • Oesterreichische Monatsbilder • Born to be Posthumous: The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey • James Cawthorn: The Man and His Art […]

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