Extending the Book : The Art of Extra-Illustration Paperback / softback
Extending the Book introduces the largely-forgotten art of extra-illustration -- individually adding portraits or other illustrations to published books -- and explores what this personalized form of book design reveals about the history of reading. It includes a brief introduction to the concept of designing and creating a unique book by adding external material and an overview of the phenomenon's history and its heyday in the later eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
The works of Shakespeare -- the most popular single author for extra-illustration -- exemplify the practice as it changed over time. From the beginning, extra-illustrators had to defend the "exquisite handicraft" (in the words of an 1890 proponent) against accusations of "breaking up a good book to illustrate a worse one" (in the words of an 1892 critic).
This book examines the art and the practice of extra-illustration, from crudely altered books to beautiful new creations.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 40 pages, 20 color illus.
- Publisher: University of Washington Press
- Publication Date: 27/01/2010
- Category: History of art & design styles: c 1600 to c 1800
- ISBN: 9780295990231