Pictorial Webster's

Pictorial Webster's

A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities

Book - 2009
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Featuring over 1,500 engravings that originally graced the pages of Webster's dictionaries in the 19th century, this chunky volume is an irresistible treasure trove for art lovers, designers, and anyone with an interest in visual history. Meticulously cleaned and restored by fine-press bookmaker Johnny Carrera, the engravings inPictorial Webster's have been compiled into an alluring and unusual visual reference guide for the modern day. Images range from the entirely mysterious to the classically iconic. From Acorns to Zebras, Bell Jars to Velocipedes, these alphabetically arranged archetypes and curiosities create enigmatic juxtapositions and illustrate the items deemed important to the Victorian mind. Sure to inspire and delight,Pictorial Webster's is at once a fascinatinghistorical record and a stunning jewel of a book.
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Chronicle Books, c2009
Edition: New ed
ISBN: 9780811867184
Branch Call Number: 741.973 C233p 2009
Characteristics: xxv, 483 p. : chiefly ill. (some col.) ; 20 cm


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Jul 20, 2018

Old. Very old. Yet fascinating. It is awkward. I can't remember.

Feb 01, 2018

Fun and interesting - and an actual little dictionary (I was picturing more of a big coffee table book).

WVMLStaffPicks Sep 17, 2014

This is more than just a dictionary; this is a fascinating work. I admired the painstaking detail that went into each engraving and wondered at the variety of images. No plot, no themes, no characters, yet a beautiful piece of art.

Sep 08, 2010

This is a lovely book to have and to give. Beautiful binding too. Perfect for reading in bed just before falling asleep: produces dreams! My single reservation is that these are NOT the best illustrations in Merriam-Webster's unsurpassed dictionaries. They a lovely personal choice by a man who has good taste and knows his subject but, alas, they are NOT what I would have picked.


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