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Quercus Press’s remarkable Pictorial Webster’s now in print

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Pictorial Webster’s: Inspiration to Completion from John Carrera on Vimeo.

For those of you who are not easily impressed, here is a video showing publisher John Carrera of Quercus Press producing his remarkable Pictorial Webster’s dictionary—a project that took him ten years to see through to completion. No matter how you look at this, Carrera has produced something substantial and marvellous and we are lucky to have this short video showing how the book came to be and how it came together.

From the discovery of the 1898 International Dictionary to linotyping the entries to pulling the last print on the Vandercook to cutting the fingertabs of the deluxe edition, this video gives presents the process of creating the fine-press edition of Pictorial Webster‘s.

Chronicle Books, who are bringing out a trade edition of Pictorial Webster’s, are holding an online draw to win a copy of the Quercus Press edition, worth several thousand dollars. The competition is open only to US residents, sadly.

— Paul Razzell