Pictorial Webster's

Pictorial Webster's

A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities

Book - 2009
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Every question you have ever had about what something looks like is answered in Pictorial Webster's. With this handy book you can uncover what an amphora is or what a diandrous looks like. Featuring over 1500 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 in Pictorial 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 fascinating historical record and a stunning jewel of a book.
Publisher: San Francisco :, Chronicle Books,, [2009]
ISBN: 9780811867184
Branch Call Number: 741.973 PIC
Characteristics: xxv, 483 pages : chiefly illustrations 20 cm
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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.


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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.

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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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