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27 Chicago Designers: When Art Became Design 1936-1991

27 Chicago Designers: When Art Became Design ,1936-1991

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Designed by former 27 Chicago Designer Joseph Michael Essex and edited by former 27 Chicago Designer Jack Weiss, this book documents the work of the 125 cumulative members of the 27 Chicago Designers through its 55-year history. Published in conjunction with the exhibition, "27 Chicago Designers: Selling Design 1936-1991" exhibition co-curator Lara Allison said, “...without an understanding of 27 Designers, Chicago’s design history cannot be fully comprehended.”.

Blooks: The Art of Books That Aren't

Blooks: The Art of Books That Aren't

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This is the first book published on the subject of book-shaped objects. It is a catalog of an exhibition that took place at the Grolier Club in New York from January 28 through March 12, 2016.

Chicago Under Wraps

Chicago Under Wraps

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Consists of 52 essays by 51 authors, each describing a single book from an institutional or private collection.

A catalogue published to coincide with an exhibition on the same topic at the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries at The Art Institute of Chicago. The comprehensive text, written by Victor Margolin, is illustrated with color images of the dust jackets themselves. Contains a list for further reading and a checklist that reflects the exhibition.

Editio Princeps: A History of the Gutenberg Bible

Editio Princeps: A History of the Gutenberg Bible

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The Gutenberg Bible is widely recognized as Europe's first printed book, a book that forever changed the world. However, despite its initial impact, fame was fleeting: for the better part of three centuries the Bible was virtually forgotten; only after two centuries of tenacious and contentious scholarship did it attain its iconic status as a monument of human invention. Editio princeps: A History of the Gutenberg Bible is the first book to tell the whole story of Europe's first printed edition, describing its creation at Mainz circa 1455, its impact on fifteenth-century life and religion, its fall into oblivion during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and its rediscovery and rise to worldwide fame during the centuries thereafter. This comprehensive study examines the forty-nine surviving Gutenberg Bibles, and fragments of at least fourteen others, in the chronological order in which they came to light. Combining close analysis of material clues within the Bibles themselves with fresh documentary discoveries, the book reconstructs the history of each copy in unprecedented depth, from its earliest known context through every change of ownership up to the present day. Along the way it introduces the colorful cast of proud possessors, crafty booksellers, observant travelers, and scholarly librarians who shaped our understanding of Europe's first printed book. Bringing the 'biographies' of all the Gutenberg Bibles together for the first time, this richly illustrated study contextualizes both the historic cultural impact of the editio princeps and its transformation into a world treasure.
In the Service of Scholarship: Harold Hugo & The Meriden Gravure Company

In the Service of Scholarship: Harold Hugo & The Meriden Gravure Company

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In the Service of Scholarship is a history of one of the leading printing firms of the twentieth century. It is also a character study and biography of Harold Hugo (1910-1985), whose career at Meriden Gravure began at the age of fourteen and continued until his retirement as president in 1975. During his tenure, Hugo brought the company to standards of excellence that earned worldwide recognition for art reproduction of the highest quality. The distinguished graphic designer and educator Alvin Eisenmann said of Harold in 1978, "there has never been anyone who held the position that Harold does in American scholarly printing." This book records the practices that were employed to advance illustration printing during the era of film-based printing technology, from collotype and letterpress to offset lithography. Many of the groundbreaking procedures that Hugo pioneered were subsequently made obsolete by digital technology, but his refusal to compromise on quality and his attention to detail stand as a model in any age. The author was associated with Meriden Gravure for thirty years and regarded Harold Hugo as his mentor. He records a life richly lived, with deep and abiding friendships for the talented figures in the scholarly community with whom Meriden was so deeply engaged. He offers many anecdotes and insights reflecting Hugo's leadership of the company.

INLAND PRINTERS: THE FINE-PRESS MOVEMENT IN CHICAGO, 1920-1945.

INLAND PRINTERS: THE FINE-PRESS MOVEMENT IN CHICAGO, 1920-1945.

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Published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name, this handsome book focuses on a group of Chicago-based small presses-including such operations as Alderbrink Press, Black Cat Press, and the Printing Office of Philip Reed. Their efforts placed Chicago, already established as a major center for commercial printing, on the map of the international fine-press movement between the two world wars.
The Medieval World at Our Fingertips: Manuscript Illuminations from the Collection of Sandra Hindman

The Medieval World at Our Fingertips: Manuscript Illuminations from the Collection of Sandra Hindman

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This fascinating book offers a most engaging and fresh glimpse into the world of the Middle Ages. It accompanies an exhibit of some thirty diverse illuminated manuscript pages, and in a series of short descriptive essays on each of the miniatures the reader is taken on a remarkable journey from the twelfth to the sixteenth century, from which we can learn not only a great deal about the art of illumination, but also about the monasteries and cathedrals of Europe and such prominent medieval centres as the cities of London, Florence, Paris and Nuremberg. Moreover, Christopher de Hamel's wide knowledge and vivid reflections provide the historical and cultural context that help us to fully understand and truly appreciate these special works of art. The illuminated pages presented here are part of the impressive and broad-ranging collection assembled over twenty-five years by the medieval scholar and long-time Chicagoan Sandra Hindman. They represent both biblical and secular subjects and include the work of master illuminators such as Maestro Daddesco, Giovanni di Paolo and the Master of Mary of Burgundy. In addition to the colour reproductions of all the exhibited pages, the essays are sumptously illustrated with further related and comparative images, many of which are drawn from the collections of the Chicago Institute of Art itself. The Introduction to the volume is by the well-known medievalist James Marrow, and there is also a Catalogue by Matthew Westerby giving full details, descriptions, provenance and bibliography of the exhibited illuminations.
W. A. Dwiggins A Life in Design

W. A. Dwiggins A Life in Design

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W. A. Dwiggins: A Life in Design offers an engaging and inspiringoverview of the designer's wide-ranging creative output and lastingimpact on the graphic arts. Bruce Kennett's careful research, warmprose, and inclusion of numerous personal accounts from Dwiggins'sfriends and contemporaries portray not only a brilliant designer, but atruly likable character. Often credited with inventing the term "graphic design," W. A. Dwiggins was a quintessential maker - fabricating hisown tools, inventing techniques, and experimenting with design in areasas wide-ranging as modular ornament, stamps, currency, books, kites,marionettes, and theatrical sets and lighting. More than any of hiscontemporaries, he united the full range of applied arts into a singleprofession - designer. Despite this, a thorough study of Dwiggins hadnever been published until this book was released in 2018.