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At Home with Andrea Musso November 11, 2013 – Posted in: Books and Art, Illustration

Here is a nice set of book illustration from Italian illustrator Andrea Musso. It’s clear. the more you read the more the world opens up.     Some more book photos here and while we are talking about  people named Andrea Musso don’t miss Music on My Moleskin series  portraits of Jazz musicians. Correction: in the original post I got my Andrea Musso’s mixed up! Apologizes to both.  

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The Book Fool: “Depicting love, folly, use and abuse of books in a grotesque manner” November 6, 2013 – Posted in: Books and Art, Illustration

  In 1934 the folks at The American Book Collector saw these images in an issue of the German magazine for book lovers, “Zeitschrift for Bucherfreunde.” They quickly wrote to the German publisher and received permission to reprint the images which they did as a supplement to The American Book Collector titled The Book Fool: Bibliophily in Caricature. “Depicting love, folly, use and abuse of books in a grotesque manner” the supplement merely scratches the surface of book…

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Illustrating the Natural World October 19, 2013 – Posted in: Exhibits, Illustration

   Robert Hooke’s Micrographia (1667) Last holiday season the American Museum of Natural History published Natural Histories: Extraordinary Rare Book Selections from the American Museum of Natural History. A book which allowed readers “a privileged glimpse of seldom-seen, fully illustrated scientific tomes from the American Museum of Natural History’s Rare Book Collection.”  From Marcus Bloch’s 12-volume encyclopedia of fishes (1782-1795) Now they are following up the book’s success with a year-long exhibition, Natural Histories: 400 Years of Scientific Illustration from…

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Reading Positions and more from Warby Parker August 1, 2013 – Posted in: Illustration

READING POSITIONS  INSTRUCTIONS: 1. Stretch 2. Grasp book 3. Assume position (see above) 4. Hold position for required amount of time 5. Cool down Art: Patrick Kearns Eyewear company Warby Parker clearly leans bookish . Who is Warby Parker you ask? He was plucked out of the journals of Jack Kerouac! We’ve always been inspired by the master wordsmith and pop culture icon, Mr. Jack Kerouac. Two of his earliest characters, recently uncovered in his personal…

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Finn Dean’s illustrations for ‘Brave New World’ take top prize July 10, 2013 – Posted in: Illustration

Finn Dean has won this year’s Book Illustration Competition. The annual event, co-sponsored by the non-profit House of Illustration and The Folio Society, invites artists and illustrators from around the world to focus their energies on illustrating the same book. This year over 500 entrants from 30 countries were asked to illustrate Aldous Huxley’s classic Brave New World. Deans winning set of illustrations will be published in a new Folio Society edition of Brave New World…

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