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Abecedarian Book
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About this book:
The Abecedarian Book
Charles W. Ferguson (1901–1987)
Boston: Little, Brown, 1964
Gift of Patricia Fendley Dunston

From the Inspiration : Letterforms_as_Illustration section of the exhibition

Alphabeast Book: An Abecedarium
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The Alphabeast Book: An Abecedarium
Dorothy Schmiderer (b. 1940)
New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1971
Gift of Patricia Fendley Dunston

From the Inspiration : Letterforms_as_Illustration section of the exhibition

Anatomy: Descriptive and Applied. Part IV, Neurology and Organs of the Senses
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About this book:
Anatomy: Descriptive and Applied. Part IV, Neurology and Organs of the Senses
Henry Gray (1825–1861)
Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger, 1913

Gray’s Anatomy, revised and reprinted in numerous editions since 1858, is the standard in anatomical textbooks.

From the Information : Illustrating_the_Body section of the exhibition

Architect; or, Practical House Carpenter
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About this book:
The Architect; or, Practical House Carpenter
Asher Benjamin (1773–1845)
Boston: B.B. Mussey, 1853

From the Influence : Influencing_Design section of the exhibition

Bible Gallery
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About this book:
The Bible Gallery
Gustave Dore (1832-1883)
New York: Cassell Publishing, c. 1890

French artist Gustave Doré (1832–1883) illustrated many books with richly imaginative wood engravings. His large, two-volume Bible was an expensive production, but the edition of 100 select images with accompanying narrative descriptions was issued at a more moderate cost to reach a larger audience.

From the Inspiration : Inspiring_Faith section of the exhibition

Canon Medicinae, Liber I-V
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About this book:
Canon Medicinae, Liber I-V (The Canon of Medicine, Books One to Five)
Avicenna (980–1037)
Venice: 1486

Illuminated manuscripts and the early books they inspired featured enlarged initial letters, decorative borders, and the integration of text and illustration. The design of this printed book used elements of earlier illuminated manuscripts. Persian physician and philosopher Ibn Sina (980–1037), known in Latin as Avicenna, wrote a major survey of medical knowledge from ancient times to his day, including his own important contributions.

From the Inspiration : Letterforms_as_Illustration section of the exhibition

Childs Rare Flowers, Vegetables, and Fruits
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About this book:
Childs Rare Flowers, Vegetables, and Fruits
John Lewis Childs
Lithography by H.M. Wall
Floral Park, NY: The Mayflower Presses, 1897

The luscious color lithography employed by garden suppliers in the years after the Civil War introduced Americans to many new varieties of plants and encouraged the planting of home gardens.

From the Influence : Influencing_Buyers section of the exhibition

Das Mineralreich
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About this book:
Das Mineralreich (The Mineral Kingdom)
Reinhard Brauns (1861-1937)
with additions by Leonard J. Spencer
Esslingen a. N.: J. F. Schreiber, 1912

Images of mineral specimens were accurately drawn and colored to illustrate Reinhard Brauns’ Das Mineralreich (The Mineral Kingdom). The plates were issued bound in the book and separately.

From the Information : Illustrating_Natural_History section of the exhibition

De Architectura Libri Dece
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About this book:
De Architectura Libri Dece (The Ten Books on Architecture)
Marcus Vitruvius Pollio (c. 90–20 B.C.E.)
Como: G. da Pote, 1521
Gift of the Burndy Library

From the Influence : Influencing_Design section of the exhibition

De Humani Corporis Fabrica
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About this book:
De Humani Corporis Fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body)
Andreas Vesalius (1514–1564)
Basel: 1543
Gift of the Burndy Library

The woodcut illustrations in Vesalius’s textbook De Fabrica revolutionized the teaching of anatomy and remained influential for generations.

From the Information : Illustrating_the_Body section of the exhibition

De humani corporis fabrica librorum epitome. English
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About this book:
De humani corporis fabrica librorum epitome. English
Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564)
Cambridge, Mass.: M.I.T. Press, [1969, c. 1949]

In addition to De Fabrica, Vesalius also published the Epitome, intended as a guide to his larger work. He designed the illustrations to be cut, colored, and placed for interactive learning about the parts of the body.

From the Information : Illustrating_the_Body section of the exhibition

Ed Emberley’s ABC
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About this book:
Ed Emberley’s ABC
Edward R. Emberley (b. 1931)
Boston: Little, Brown, c. 1978
Gift of Patricia Fendley Dunston

From the Inspiration : Letterforms_as_Illustration section of the exhibition

Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of Britain
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About this book:
Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of Britain
Edited and designed by The Readers’ Digest Associated Ltd.
London: Readers’ Digest Association Ltd., 1985

Modern reference books use both careful black-and-white line drawings and color photography, each offering a different type of information.

From the Information : Illustrating_Natural_History section of the exhibition

Flora of the Colosseum of Rome, or, Illustrations and Descriptions of Four Hundred and Twenty Plants Growing Spontaneously upon the Ruins of the Colosseum of Rome
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About this book:
Flora of the Colosseum of Rome, or, Illustrations and Descriptions of Four Hundred and Twenty Plants Growing Spontaneously upon the Ruins of the Colosseum of Rome
Richard Deakin (1809–1873)
London: Groombridge, 1873
Gift of Aaron Goldberg

Some publications combined natural history study with the Victorian interest in travel.

From the Information : Illustrating_Natural_History section of the exhibition

Floral Fantasy in an Old English Garden
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About this book:
A Floral Fantasy in an Old English Garden
Walter Crane (1845–1915)
New York: Harper and Brothers, 1899
Presented by Miss Lucy H. Kean

The illustrations of snapdragon and thistle become more important than the captions in Floral Fantasy in an Old English Garden.

From the Influence : Influential_Illustrators section of the exhibition

Flora's Feast: A Masque of Flowers
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About this book:
Flora's Feast: A Masque of Flowers
Walter Crane (1845–1915)
London: Cassell & Company, Limited, 1902
Presented by Miss Lucy H. Kean

In Flora’s Feast, Crane’s fanciful figures of tulip and hyacinth are equally balanced with the text.

From the Influence : Influential_Illustrators section of the exhibition

Flowerland, ca 1930
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Flowerland, ca 1930
Howard's Horticultural Establishment

The luscious color lithography employed by garden suppliers in the years after the Civil War introduced Americans to many new varieties of plants and encouraged the planting of home gardens.

From the Influence : Influencing_Buyers section of the exhibition

From the illustrated catalogue of statuary, fountains, vases, settees, etc., for parks, gardens and conservatories, manufactured by the J. L. Mott Iron Works
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About this book:
From the illustrated catalogue of statuary, fountains, vases, settees, etc., for parks, gardens and conservatories, manufactured by the J. L. Mott Iron Works
J. L. Mott Iron Works
New York: c. 1873

From the Influence : Influencing_Buyers section of the exhibition

Graphic Alphabet
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About this book:
The Graphic Alphabet
David Pelletier (b. 1963)
New York: Orchard, c. 1996
Gift of Patricia Fendley Dunston

From the Inspiration : Letterforms_as_Illustration section of the exhibition

Handbook of Wood Engraving
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About this book:
Handbook of Wood Engraving
William Emerson
Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1881

From the Process : Process section of the exhibition

Herbarium Vivae Eicones
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About this book:
Herbarium Vivae Eicones
Otto Brunfels (1488–1534)
Designed by Hans Weiditz
Frankfurt: Durch Herman Gülfferichen, 1546

From the Information : Illustrating_Natural_History section of the exhibition

Home Naturalist
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About this book:
The Home Naturalist
Harland Coultas
London: Religious Tract Society, [187?]

Learning about minerals and the natural world appealed to young amateurs as shown in Harland Coultas’ The Home Naturalist

From the Information : Illustrating_Natural_History section of the exhibition

Human Body
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About this book:
The Human Body
Jonathan Miller (b. 1934)
Designed by David Pelham, illustrated by Harvey Willcock, engineered by Vic Duppa-White and David Rosendale
New York: Viking Press, 1983
Gift of Daniel J. Mason

Pop-up illustrations require complicated paper engineering to show the body in three-dimensional constructions.

From the Information : Illustrating_the_Body section of the exhibition

Illustrated London News
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About this book:
The Illustrated London News

London: The Illustrated London News & Sketch Ltd., 1842 Volume: August 7, 1858

From the Information : Illustrating_the_World section of the exhibition

Indian Motorcycle
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About this book:
Indian Motorcycle
Hendee Manufacturing Co
Springfield, Mass: 1916

From the Influence : Influencing_Buyers section of the exhibition

Islands of Hawaii
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About this book:
The Islands of Hawaii
Edward Joesting (1925-1986)
1958
National Museum of American History Library

This volume was sponsored by a Hawaiian bank to present images of the people as well as their remarkable landscape. The book was designed by Herbert Bayer whose distinctive atlas is also featured in this exhibition. In his “Note on Photography” at the end of the book, Adams discussed his search for balance between the imaginative and the factual for this project, and he provided technical notes on the cameras, lenses, and films used for each illustration.

From the Process : Photographic_Formats section of the exhibition

Le tour du monde: nouveau journal des voyages
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About this book:
Le tour du monde: nouveau journal des voyages (The World Tour: A New Journal of Travels)
Édouard Charton, ed.
Paris: Librairie Hachette et Cie, 1860–1914

From the Information : Illustrating_the_World section of the exhibition

Liber Chronicarum
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About this book:
Liber Chronicarum (Book of Chronicles)
Hartmann Schedel (1440–1514)
Illustrated by Michael wolgemut and Wilhelm Pleydenwurff
Nuremberg: Anton Koberger, 1493
Gift of the Burndy Library

The Nuremberg Chronicle included more pictures than any book printed before 1500. Intended more for the general reader than for scholars, it was published in Latin and German editions. It featured some 1800 wood block portraits, town views, and other illustrations, including both realistic and generic scenes. Some were detailed views that represented actual subjects, while others were speculative or imaginary. Most readers accepted the practice of using both symbolic and realistic forms of illustration.

From the Information : Illustrating_the_World section of the exhibition

Lithographic printing shop of Wagner & McGuigan
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About this book:
Lithographic printing shop of Wagner & McGuigan

Philadelphia: about 1850
Courtesy of the Harry T. Peters Collection, Division of Home and Community Life, National Museum of American History.

From the Process : section of the exhibition

Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, 1861–65
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About this book:
The Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, 1861–65
United States Surgeon General's Office
Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1870–88

The U. S. Surgeon General’s multi-volume Medical and Surgical History of the War of the Rebellion, printed between 1870 and 1888, used almost every graphic process available at the time. Pictorial technology was changing rapidly, and numerous techniques were used to produce the highest quality illustrations on time and under budget. In addition to traditional wood engravings, steel engravings, and lithographs, the book featured new photomechanical processes.

From the Information : Illustrating_the_Body section of the exhibition

Miracles of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Life of Hannâ (Saint Anne), reproduction of a facsimile of a 18th-century Ethiopian manuscript
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About this book:
The Miracles of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Life of Hannâ (Saint Anne), reproduction of a facsimile of a 18th-century Ethiopian manuscript
E.A. Wallis Budge, ed.
London: W. Griggs, 1900

Scribes illustrating a passage of text from The Miracles of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Life of Hannâ (Saint Anne), reproduction of a facsimile of a 18th-century Ethiopian manuscript, edited by E.A. Wallis Budge, (London: W. Griggs, 1900)

From the Inspiration : Inspiring_Faith section of the exhibition

Moseley Rubber Sports Goods
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About this book:
Moseley Rubber Sports Goods
David Moseley & Sons, Ltd.
Manchester: 1935

Photography replaced line art in picturing goods for sale.

From the Process : Photographic_Formats section of the exhibition

National Geographic Magazine
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About this book:
The National Geographic Magazine

Washington, D.C.: The National Geographic Society, 1913 Volume: V. 24(1913) pp1186-7

From the Information : Illustrating_the_World section of the exhibition

North American Sylva, or, A Description of the Forest Trees of the United States, Canada and Nova Scotia
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About this book:
The North American Sylva, or, A Description of the Forest Trees of the United States, Canada and Nova Scotia
François André Michaux (1770–1851)
Illustrated plates after P.J. redoute, H.J. Redoute, and P. Bessa
Paris: C. D’Hautel, 1819

The glorious floral images of artist Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840) represented new heights of carefully observed nature painting. His artwork was reproduced as hand-colored stipple engravings (created by incising small dots into a metal plate) for a number of important botanical publications.

From the Information : Illustrating_Natural_History section of the exhibition

North American Wild Flowers
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North American Wild Flowers
Mary Vaux Walcott (1860–1940)
Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution, 1925

North American Wild Flowers reproduced the delicate color effects of Walcott’s original watercolors through a special photoengraving technique that printer William E. Rudge called the “Smithsonian Process.”

From the Process : Photographic_Formats section of the exhibition

Old Garden and Other Verses
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The Old Garden and Other Verses
Margaret Wade Campbell Deland (1857–1945)
Boston: Houghton Mifflin & Co., 1894

Crane’s embellishments to Margaret Deland’s poetry in The Old Garden represent page decorations in the spirit of illuminated manuscripts.

From the Influence : Influential_Illustrators section of the exhibition

Oriental and American Stove Works
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About this book:
Oriental and American Stove Works
Perry & Co
New York: The Van Benthuysen Printing House, 1874

The effective use of a small bit of color made these stoves seem to glow with warmth.

From the Influence : Influencing_Buyers section of the exhibition

Pencil of Nature
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About this book:
The Pencil of Nature
W.H.F. Talbot
New York: Hans P. Kraus, 1989

From the Process : Photographic_Formats section of the exhibition

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

The glorious floral images of artist Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840) represented new heights of carefully observed nature painting. His artwork was reproduced as hand-colored stipple engravings (created by incising small dots into a metal plate) for a number of important botanical publications.

From the Information : Illustrating_Natural_History section of the exhibition

Poetic Localities of Cambridge
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Poetic Localities of Cambridge
William James Stillman (1828–1901)
Boston: J.R. Osgood and Company, 1876

Photographic reproduction processes introduced realism in illustration, even for imaginative works.

From the Process : Photographic_Formats section of the exhibition

Queen Quality Smart Shoes
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About this book:
Queen Quality Smart Shoes
Thomas G. Plant Co.
Boston: c. 1910

Each consumer could feel like a queen in this line of shoes.

From the Influence : Influencing_Buyers section of the exhibition

Scenes from The Winter's Tale
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About this book:
Scenes from The Winter's Tale
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
London: Day and Son, Limited, 1866
Gift of the Misses Hewitt

Owen Jones (1809-1874) produced handsome volumes on design in Victorian Britain. He used the chromolithographic process for his influential Grammar of Ornament (1856) and for several illuminated gift books that demonstrated the rich saturated colors printed in opaque layers from multiple stones.

From the Influence : Influential_Illustrators section of the exhibition

Sears Christmas Book
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About this book:
Sears Christmas Book
Sears, Roebuck & Company
Chicago: 1956

From the Influence : Influencing_Buyers section of the exhibition

Treatise on engraving
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About this book:
Treatise on engraving
A. Bosse
France: 1645
Courtesy of the Graphic Arts Collection, National Museum of American History.

From the Process : section of the exhibition

Tu l'as vu l'oiseau?
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About this book:
Tu l'as vu l'oiseau? (Have You Seen the Bird?)
Armand Monjo (1913–1998)
Illustrated by Hassan Musa (b. 1951)
Cavaillon, France: R. Rimbaud, 1993

From the Inspiration : Letterforms_as_Illustration section of the exhibition

Twelve Days at Santa Cruz
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About this book:
Twelve Days at Santa Cruz
By participants in workshop, Images and Words: the Making of a Photographic Book
Monterey, Calif: Herald Printers, 1968
National Museum of American History Library

In the summer of 1967, Ansel Adams and his colleagues Beaumont and Nancy Newhall led a workshop for the extension division of the University of California at Santa Cruz. They taught 28 people how to photograph, research, write, and design this publication, a book illustrated with the participants’ own photographs.

From the Process : Photographic_Formats section of the exhibition

Wood Beyond the World
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The Wood Beyond the World
William Morris (1834–1896)
Hammersmith, U.K.: The Kelmscott Press, 1894

British designer Morris created richly cohesive pages incorporating woodcut illustrations, decorative borders, and his own typography for his publications. His ideas for graphic treatments and for home furnishings have influenced generations of followers on both sides of the Atlantic.

From the Influence : Influential_Illustrators section of the exhibition

World Geo-graphic Atlas: A Composite of Man's Environment
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About this book:
World Geo-graphic Atlas: A Composite of Man's Environment
Herbert Bayer (1900-1985)
Chicago: Privately printed for Container Corporation of America, 1953

This atlas uses an innovative graphic approach to present information, including the use of maps, pictorial statistics, and line drawings overlaid on the text.

From the Information : Illustrating_the_World section of the exhibition

Yirmeyah
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About this book:
Yirmeyah (The Book of Jeremiah)

Woodcuts by Nikos Stavroulakis
Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1973

From the Inspiration : Inspiring_Faith section of the exhibition

Yosemite Valley
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Yosemite Valley
Ansel Adams (1902-1984)
San Francisco: 5 Associates, 1959

Adams began photographing Yosemite with his first camera as a boy of 14, and his work in the valley was published in many volumes over his long career. The text for this volume includes Adams’s own words from his earlier book, My Camera in Yosemite Valley, plus several pages of technical notes and exposure recommendations.

From the Process : Photographic_Formats section of the exhibition