Victorian photography exhibition in London. Wish I could go see it!
Monthly Archives: November 2015
Some writerly information you may find useful 🙂
Magazines and competitions for that last-month-of-the-year rush.
Enjoy, let me know if you find it useful or decide to submit 🙂
Wonderful information about how books as we know them today came to be…and lots of inspiration for artists books’ makers 🙂
What a clever device the book is. It is compact and light, yet contains hundreds of pages that hold an incredible amount of information. Moving forward or backward in the text is as easy as flipping a page, while the book’s square shape and flat bottom facilitates easy shelving. Still, the object is useless if the information it contains cannot be found. And so tools were developed to help the reader do just that, such as page numbers, running titles, and indices. As familiar as these aids may be, they are older than you think. The page number, for example, is encountered in papyrus manuscripts made some two thousand years ago (see this older blog post).
Crucially, to look up information in a book you must have first located the object. And so the shelfmark was invented, the equivalent of our call number. By the end of the medieval period it had become as clever as the book to which it was added: letters, digits, and even colour coding…
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