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Walter Crane. A Romance of the Three Rs. 1886. Walter Crane. A Romance of the Three Rs. 1886.

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Journeys of the Imagination

Authors and artists explore the terrain of the imaginationE. A. Séguy Papillons (Butterflies) when conceiving the content and design of books. To attract and engage the reader's attention, artists and designers translate their ideas into two- and three-dimensional formats, often solving challenging design problems in the process.

Scrolls, for instance, free artists from a defined page to present events sequentially. Perspective techniques show the relative distance and position of objects. Pop-up books create worlds in three dimensions. Stencil printing (pochoir), chromolithography, photography, woodcuts, and engravings are among the media employed to effectively display art in books.

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