Archive for the ‘illustration’ Category

A Journey Round My Skull

Friday, June 12th, 2009

I am consistently dazzled by the range and choice of book illustrations shown on Will Schofield’s A Journey Round My Skull, and thought readers of the FPBA blog might want to be dazzled as well. Schofield bills A Journey Round My Skull as, ‘Unhealthy book fetishism from a reader, collector, and amateur historian of forgotten literature. Recent obsessions: illustration and graphic design.’ Today, I see some scans of Japanese book cover design from the 1910s to the 1940’s. Schofield has a great curiosity about the books he displays on his blog—not just their illustrations—and provides commentary and sometimes presents the book’s full text. There’s something new nearly every day.

Above: These covers come from Bookcover Design in Japan 1910s-40s (ISBN 4-89444-426-7) edited by Masayo Matsubara. Published in 2005 by PIE Books.

— Paul Razzell

World’s ‘greatest’ book illustrations on display at the Smithsonian

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009


The Smithsonian Institution Libraries has unveiled a new exhibition that will be of interest to readers of this blog: ‘Picturing Words: The Power of Book Illustration’ showcases some of the world’s greatest pieces of illustration from the Library’ collection of rare books and is on view until Jan. 4, 2010, at the Smithsonian Institution Libraries Gallery at the National Museum of American History. Read the full press release here. All images are on display online here.


Above: Plantarum Historia Succulentarum (History of the Succulent Plants). A.P. Candolle. P.J. Redoute (Illustrator). Paris: Chez A. J. Degour et Durand, [i.e. 1798]–1837. 

Below: De Humani Corporis Fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body). Andreas Vesalius (1514–1564).

— Paul Razzell