Royal Manuscripts – The Genius Of Illumination

Scot McKendrick, John Lowden, Kathleen Doyle
Royal Manuscripts
The Genius Of Illumination

British Library Publishing, november 2011

paperback, 448 pagina’s, 29 x 23 cm
ISBN 9780712358156, verkoopprijs € 30,99 (bol)

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In de British Library is op 11 november 2011 de tentoonstelling ‘Royal Manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination’ geopend om het publiek kennis te laten maken met de ‘Royal collection’, een schat aan verluchte handschriften verzameld door de koningen en koninginnen van Engeland tussen de 9de en de 16de eeuw.
Bij deze tentoonstelling is een rijk geïllustreerde catalogus verschenen.

Illuminated manuscripts collected by the kings and queens of England from the 9th to the 16th century form the heart of a unique and visually stunning collection held by the British Library. A key figure in the formation of the collection is King Edward IV (1461 – 1483), who commissioned luxury manuscripts decorated with his arms. Subsequent monarchs added to this library, which was given to the nation by George II in 1757.

Over 150 examples from this exceptional collection are presented in this catalogue, which accompanies a major British Library exhibition of the same name. These manuscripts contain paintings produced by some of the finest artists of the Middle Ages and together provide the most vivid surviving source for understanding royal identity, moral and religious beliefs, learning, faith and international politics.

The catalogue features a full-page entry of around 750 words on each manuscript included, as well as three illustrated essays which explore the wider history and context of this unique collection. It is lavishly illustrated, with a beautiful reproduction of an image from each manuscript presented alongside the text for every entry. (uitgever)

AuteursScot McKendrick is Head of History and Classics at the British Library.
John Lowden is Director of the Research Centre for Illuminated Manuscripts of the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London.
Kathleen Doyle is Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library.

Edities – Van het boek is ook een gebonden uitgave verkrijgbaar, ISBN 9780712358163 voor €45,98 (gezien bij Book Depository).

Tentoonstelling – ‘Royal manuscripts: The Genius of Illumination’ in the British Library te Londen van 11 november 2011 tot 13 maart 2012 (meer).

The Annotated Peter Pan – Centennial Edition

J.M. Barrie, Maria Tatar (ed.)
The Annotated Peter Pan
Centennial Edition

W. W. Norton & Company, oktober 2011

Hardcover, 504 pagina’s, 26 x 23 cm
ISBN 9780393066005, verkoopprijs € 33,99

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J.M. Barrie (1860-1937) bedacht Peter Pan voor de verhalen die hij vertelde aan de kinderen van de familie Llewelyn Davies waar hij mee bevriend was geraakt. In 1904 schreef hij het toneelstuk Peter Pan or The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up en bewerkte dat in 1911 tot een roman getiteld Peter and Wendy.

One hundred years after J. M. Barrie published the novel Peter and Wendy, Maria Tatar revisits a story that, like Alice in Wonderland, bridges the generations, animating both adults and children with its kinetic energy. The adventures of the Darling children with Peter Pan and Tinkerbell in Neverland are the seminal tale of escape and fantasy. Inspired by Barrie’s real-life adventures with the five Llewelyn Davies boys he adopted, the story of Peter Pan has a deep and controversial history of its own that comes alive in Tatar’s new edition.

This brilliantly designed volume-with period photographs, full-color images by iconic illustrators, commentary on stage and screen versions, and an array of supplementary material, including Barrie’s screenplay for a silent film-will draw readers into worlds of incandescent beauty, flooding them with the radiance of childhood wonder and the poignancy of what we lose when we grow up. (publisher)

Auteurspagina Maria Tatar

Claire Tomalin schrijft nieuwe biografie over Charles Dickens – A Life

Claire Tomalin
Charles Dickens – A Life

Viking (Penguin), oktober 2011

Hardback, 576 pagina’s, 23 x 15 cm
ISBN 9780670917679, verkoopprijs € 27,99

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There have been many biographies in the past, and no doubt more are in the pipeline as the bicentenary of Dickens’s birth approaches. But few will have Tomalin’s sympathy and insight for this tormented man. (The Telegraph)

Charles Dickens was a phenomenon: a demonicly hardworking journalist, the father of ten children, a tireless walker and traveller, a supporter of liberal social causes, but most of all a great novelist – the creator of characters who live immortally in the English imagination: the Artful Dodger, Mr Pickwick, Pip, David Copperfield, Little Nell, Lady Dedlock, and many more.

At the age of twelve he was sent to work in a blacking factory by his affectionate but feckless parents. From these unpromising beginnings, he rose to scale all the social and literary heights, entirely through his own efforts. When he died, the world mourned, and he was buried – against his wishes – in Westminster Abbey.

Yet the brilliance concealed a divided character: a republican, he disliked America; sentimental about the family in his writings, he took up passionately with a young actress; usually generous, he cut off his impecunious children.

Claire Tomalin, author of Whitbread Book of the Year Samuel Pepys, paints an unforgettable portrait of Dickens, capturing brilliantly the complex character of this great genius. Charles Dickens: A Life is the examination of Dickens we deserve.

Biographer Claire Tomalin was born in London in 1933. After graduating from Newnham College, Cambridge, she worked in publishing for Heinemann, Hutchinson and Cape before switching to journalism, becoming literary editor of both the New Statesman magazine and the Sunday Times newspaper. She is a trustee of the National Portrait Gallery, London and the Wordsworth Trust, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and a Vice-President of English PEN.


In 2012 wordt het 200-ste geboortejaar van Charles Dickens (1812-1870) gevierd.
Op de official site Dickens 2012 worden alle evenementen rond dit jubileum bijgehouden.

‘The MAD Fold-In Collection: 1964-2010’ – humor van Al Jaffee

Al Jaffee
The MAD Fold-In Collection: 1964-2010

Chronicle Books, september 2011

gebonden, 4 delen in slipcase, 4 x 208 pagina’s, 32 x 24 x 9 cm
ISBN 9780811872850, verkoopprijs € 93,99

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the fold-in: the feature on the inside of Mad’s back cover that poses a question whose answer is found by folding the page in thirds.

Book Description
Al Jaffee’s fold-ins, on the inside back cover of virtually every issue of MAD Magazine since 1964, have become an icon of American humor. Generations have grown up with Jaffee’s inspired skewerings of our foibles and cultural conundrums. Issue after issue, each Fold-in requires the reader to simply fold the page so that arrow A meets arrow B to reveal the hidden gag image, a simple idea that masks both undeniable artistic ingenuity and comic timing. In this deluxe four-volume set, each of the 410 fold-ins is reproduced at its original size, with a digital representation of the corresponding folded image on the following page (so collectors won t have to fold their book to get the jokes). Featuring insightful essays by such luminaries as Pixar s Pete Docter and humorist Jules Feiffer, The MAD Fold-In Collection is the definitive gift for the millions of fans who ve grown up with MAD for nearly 60 years.

Trailer van de uitgever (ChronicleBooks, 5 aug 2011, 1:17)

Al Jaffee vertelt… (UCBseries, 25 mei 2011, 5:05)

Letterfontein – het mooiste boek over letters – nu in Engelse vertaling: Letter Fountain

Joep Pohlen, Geert Setola
Letter Fountain
The Anatomy Of Type

Taschen GmbH, mei 2011

hardcover, Engelstalig, 640 pagina’s, 24,5 x 17 cm
ISBN 9783836525091, verkoopprijs € 52,99 46,99

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De Letterfontein, het typografische standaardwerk, geschreven, geredigeerd en ontworpen door Geert Setola en Joep Pohlen, verscheen voor het eerst in 1993. Eind 2009 verscheen de geheel herziene vierde editie van de Letterfontein. Uitgeverij Taschen brengt nu een Engelse editie van dit schitterende boek op de markt.

Everything you could ever want to know about printing letters and numbers

Looking back as far as man’s first efforts to communicate with visual signs and drawings, Letter Fountain is a completely unique typeface handbook: in addition to examining the form and anatomy of every letter in the alphabet (as well as punctuation marks and special characters), the book cross-references type designs with important works of art and art movements from Gutenberg’s times until today. Further attention is given to the esthetics of the digital age and typographical recommendations such as the choice of the right typeface for a job. Rounding out the guide are an in-depth comparison between sans-serif and serif typefaces, an essay about measuring systems and indications, advice about typographic rules, plus a manual for developing digital fonts.

Over 150 typefaces, their origins, and font characteristics are discussed in detail, visually explained by full page tables including scale, weight, and useful alternatives. The extensive appendix contains a general index, a typeface index (more than 300 are depicted in the book), an index of over 250 type designers, an exhaustive index of type foundries, a graphical dictionary, and a bibliography for further reading.

The original Dutch edition Letterfontein received a Certificate for Typographic Excellence from Type Directors Club New York (TDC) in 2010, and a red-dot design award from the Design Zentrum Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.

Update 25 mei 2011: er is ook een Duitstalige versie verschenen, eveneens uitgegeven door Taschen (leverbaar via

Book Art – Iconic Sculptures and Installations Made from Books

Christine Antaya, Paul Sloman (edit.)
Book Art
Iconic Sculptures and Installations Made from Books

Gestalten Verlag, april 2011

softcover, Engelstalig, 220 pagina’s, 24 x 20 cm
ISBN 9783899553666, verkoopprijs € 29,90

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For centuries books have contained and presented the written words that have allowed humankind to study and interpret the world. As texts have become readily available through different media, contemporary artists have been increasingly exploring the interplay between the function, structure, and format of books. Book Art is a stunning documentation of current art, installation, and design created with and from books. The fascinating range of examples, which is as diverse as books themselves, offers eloquent proof that—despite or because of digital media’s inroads as sources of text information—the book’s legacy as a carrier of ideas and communication is being expanded today.

Book Art is a stunning 220-page documentation of current art, installation, and design created with and from books. The work is as diverse as books themselves: in some, sentences are cut and peeled out to create new contexts and more fluid meanings for narratives; in others, old printed pages are wound into threads which are then bound together into delicate objects, pieces of art that take months to make; in still others, the shapes of books are returned to the organic matter from which the paper they are printed on first came.




Richard Minsky: The Art Of American Book Covers 1875-1930

Richard Minsky
The Art Of American Book Covers 1875-1930

George Braziller, NewYork, mei 2010

hardcover, 136 pagina’s, 24 x 21 cm
ISBN 9780807616024, verkoopprijs € 30,99

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A Beautiful Gift for Book Lovers
If you are looking for something beautiful and inexpensive for someone who loves books, The Art of American Book Covers 1875-1930 is perfect. It was designed in gift book format, is exceptionally well produced in full color with images of about 150 gorgeous books, has a top quality gold-stamped cloth binding, and rave reviews of the content.

Richard Minsky (1947), begon een loopbaan als wetenschapper, maar ontwikkelde zich al vrij snel tot een gerenommeerd boekbinder en book artist. In 1974 stichtte hij het Center for Book Arts in New York.

Minsky heeft een diepgaande studie gemaakt van de Amerikaanse decoratieve boekbanden uit de periode 1875-1930. Van de boeken die hij daarvoor heeft verzameld heeft hij drie catalogi gemaakt in gelimiteerde edities, die nogal kostbaar zijn.

Nu is er voor het eerst een handelseditie verschenen met een keuze uit de verzameling en voorzien van een grondige inleiding. Klik hier voor een aantal voorbeeldpagina’s (pdf).


The Rise and Reason of Comics and Graphic Literature

Joyce Goggin & Dan Hassler-Forest
The Rise and Reason of Comics and Graphic Literature
Critical Essays on the Form

McFarland, sept. 2010

softcover, 232 pagina’s, 23 x 15 cm
ISBN 9780786442942, verkoopprijs € 30,99

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These 15 essays investigate comic books and graphic novels, beginning with the early development of these media. The essays also place the work in a cultural context, addressing theory and terminology, adaptations of comic books, the superhero genre, and comic books and graphic novels that deal with history and nonfiction. By addressing the topic from a wide range of perspectives, the book offers readers a nuanced and comprehensive picture of current scholarship in the subject area.

Table of contents

Joyce Goggin is an associate professor of literature, film and new media at the University of Amsterdam

Dan Hassler-Forest teaches media studies and English literature at the University of Amsterdam

‘The Book in the Renaissance’- Andrew Pettegree

Andrew Pettegree
The Book in the Renaissance

Yale University Press, mei 2010

gebonden, 70 zwart-wit illustraties, 440 pagina’s, 23 x 15 cm
ISBN 9780300110098, verkoopprijs € 35,99

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The dawn of print was a major turning point in the early modern world. It rescued ancient learning from obscurity, transformed knowledge of the natural and physical world, and brought the thrill of book ownership to the masses. But, as Andrew Pettegree reveals, the story of the post-Gutenberg world was rather more complicated than we have often come to believe. ‘The Book in the Renaissance’ reconstructs the first 150 years of the world of print, exploring the complex web of religious, economic and cultural concerns surrounding the printed word. From its very beginnings, the printed book had to straddle financial and religious imperatives, as well as the very different requirements and constraints of the many countries who embraced it, and, as Pettegree argues, the process was far from a runaway success. More than ideas, the success or failure of books depended upon patrons and markets, precarious strategies and the thwarting of piracy, and the ebb and flow of popular demand. Pettegree crafts an authoritative, lucid, and truly pioneering work of cultural history about a major development in the evolution of European society. (the publisher)

Andrew Pettegree is Head of the School of History at the University of St Andrews, and founding director of the St Andrews Reformation Studies Institute. One of the pre-eminent Reformation scholars in Europe, he is the editor of ‘The Reformation World’ and ‘The Early Reformation in Europe’, and author of ‘Europe in the Sixteenth Century’, among others.

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The Night Bookmobile – a graphic novel

Audrey Niffenegger
The Night Bookmobile

CCV – Vintage books, sept 2010

hardcover, 40 pagina’s, 30 x 20 cm
ISBN 9780224089524, verkoopprijs € 20,99

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“The Night Bookmobile tells the story of a wistful woman who one night encounters a mysterious disappearing library on wheels that contains every book she has ever read. Seeing her history and most intimate self in this library, she embarks on a search for the bookmobile. But her search turns into an obsession, as she longs to be reunited with her own collection and memories.”

Audrey Niffenegger’s Night Bookmobile werd in 2008 in de Britse krant The Guardian gepubliceerd in wekelijkse afleveringen en is nu verschenen als stripboek.