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[BKARTS] Event at Yale Library, New Haven, CT, January 19


The Arts of the Book Collection (AOB), Arts Library, Yale University, is pleased to host John Carrera of Quercus Press on Friday, January 19 at 2:30pm in the Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall. Mr. Carrera will speak about his experiences in the creation of his most recent project, The Pictorial Webster's, which is currently on display in AOB. He will also discuss his career as a book artist. We welcome you to one or all of these events:

Friday, January 19
1:30 to 2:30 View the exhibit in AOB at a special Friday time (130 Wall Street)
2:30 to 3:30 Presentation by the artist in SML Lecture Hall (130 Wall Street)
4:00 to 5:00 Reception at Book Trader Cafe (1140 Chapel Street)

Pictorial Webster's: An Artist's Book by John Carrera of Quercus Press November 13, 2006 - February 22, 2007 Arts of the Book Collection, Monday to Thursday, 10am to 12noon and 1pm to 4pm

Inspired by a 19th century family dictionary discovered at his grandparents' house, John Carrera set out to learn more about the history and making of the American Dictionary of the English Language, originally complied by Noah Webster, and published in illustrated editions by the Merriam-Webster Company of Springfield, MA, starting in 1859. His research led him to Yale University Library, the recipient of a gift from the Merriam-Webster Company in 1977. Archival and manuscript materials relating to the several editions of the dictionary are housed at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Wood engravings and copper electrotypes used to print the illustrations for the dictionary are housed at the Arts of the Book Collection, Arts Library.

Carrera identified the images by checking for their inclusion in the illustrated editions of 1859, 1864, and 1890. He then alphabetized the images according to the dictionary entry they illustrated and printed, directly from the original blocks, his artist's rendition, which is over 400 pages. The result is the Pictorial Webster's, hot off the press in October 2006. The 100 copies in the edition will be hand bound by the artist who trained in the bookbinding program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston. The edition is so new, it is not completely bound yet. See one of the first completed copies in our exhibit cases.

The exhibition showcases the process of creating this contemporary artist's book and also presents historical ephemera related to the creation of the original illustrated edition of 1859 and several 19th century editions. See the blocks from which the artist printed the thousands of images in his work, learn about the process of letterpress printing, and the development of this unique artist's project.

Jae Jennifer Rossman Special Collections Librarian, Arts Library Yale University Library PO Box 208240 New Haven CT 06520-8240 USA (203) 432-1712 (203) 432-0549 (fax) http://www.library.yale.edu/art/

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