Saturday, October 24, 2009

Pictorial Webster's

A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities

Featuring over 1,500 engravings that originally
graced the pages of Webster’s dictionaries in the
19th century, this chunky volume is an irresistible
treasure trove for art lovers, designers, and anyone
with an interest in visual history. Meticulously
cleaned and restored by fine-press bookmaker
John Carrera, the engravings in Pictorial Webster’s
have been compiled into an alluring and unusual
visual reference guide for the modern day. Images
range from the entirely mysterious to the classically
iconic. From Acorns to Zebras, Bell Jars to Velocipedes,
these alphabetically arranged archetypes and curiosities
create enigmatic juxtapositions and illustrate the items
deemed important to the Victorian mind. Sure to inspire
and delight, Pictorial Webster’s is at once a fascinating
historical record and a stunning jewel of a book.

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