27 Mar 2013

First printed Encyclopedia

The Chronicle often depicts
phenomena, such as these

Moon Dogs and Sun Dogs.
Being a print-maker I am terribly partial to all things related to paper, inks, imprint, markings of all sorts. I am also a dedicated reader and although I have been totally "digital" for about two decades, much of my reading is still an old fashion book - the one you had hold in your hand, weight it, smell it, feel the texture of the paper and marvel on its binding or its other essential features, absent in e-books.
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Omens:Omen of locust plague that was to accompany
the arrival of with Black Death of 134.

This amazing book "appeared in 1493. It is one of the best-documented early printed books—an incunabulum —and one of the first to successfully integrate illustrations and text." Wiki

possibly Dürer-inspired is the
"Sun and Moon" woodcut
The two artists who were responsible for overseeing the design and illustration of the Chronicle were Michael Wohlgemut (1434-1519) and his stepson Wilhelm Pleydenwurff (c. 1450-1494). Their workshop, which originally produced only woodcuts, altars and sculptures, "quickly specialized in the new art of book illustration, employing draughtsmen who transferred the design of the artist onto the woodblock, and cutters who then carved the block with a hollow stylus."

 The images of great
 Medieval cities and lands:


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Legends (The Mouse Tower)
and Biblical stories.

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