The Book of Books (Hardcover)

500 Years of Graphic Innovation

By Mathieu Lommen (Editor)

Thames & Hudson, 9780500515914, 464pp.

Publication Date: September 7, 2012

List Price: 65.00*
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This sumptuous collection tells the history of the printed book through milestone publications and little-known treasures of the art of the book. The noted originators range from Jenson and Bellaert in the fifteenth century through Piranesi, Bodoni, and Bewick to Morris, Gill, Tschichold, and Birdsall in the modern age. The featured publications includeThe Nuremberg Chronicle from 1493--a masterpiece of integrated text and illustration; Maria Sibylla Merian's book of insects from 1719; Muybridge's 1887 Animal Locomotion; a photomontage book by John Heartfield published in 1929; and a 1937 edition of The Frogs by Aristophanes, produced by the Limited Editions Club of New York.