Sunday, January 17, 2010

Book Review Sunday: Pictorial Webster's

So my plan is to start posting a book review every Sunday. And not just literature, any book that strikes my fancy and truthfully probably mostly cool art books I come across.
I am apologizing right now if it doesn't always come on Sunday - I am about to have a baby you know!! :)

This week's pick:

Pictorial Webster's: A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities         
by John Carrera

Not your typical dictionary, this is a book to inspire!

Basically, the author found all these old engravings used in making Webster's dictionaries in the 19th century, cleaned and restored what he could and then put them all together in this book. There are no words, just a collection of fabulous vintage illustrations of everything from 'acorns to zebras, bell jars to velocipedes' as is described in the books summary.

It is a must have for artists, illustrators, and designers.

Check out this spread, it has a winch, a wombat and a woodhead (?) !
A fun book to have!

1 comment:

Tessa said...

Wow, I love stuff like this! Those vintage illustrations are amazing...
Can't wait to see more book reviews in the future! :)