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A few weeks ago we featured Galileo a Madama Cristina de Lorena, published in 1896 by the Salmin Brothers, which happens to be the smallest book in the world printed with hand-set movable type.  The typeface used is called “flies’ eyes”, and was cut by Antonio Farina in 1834. We have another book in our collection printed with the same type, an 1878 edition of  La Divina Commedia di DanteWhile the Dante is also a miniature book, it is not nearly as small as the Galileo.  Here are some images of both books side by side, so you can compare the type and truly see just what a feat it must have been to hand-set both of these incredible little books.

-Laura

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Celestial Cities by David Fleck

FINAL CALL! Here is the Celestial Cities collection in full. Inspired by the solar system and Italo Calvino’s novel “Invisible Cities”, I’m hand printing limited editions using laser engraved wooden blocks.

There are just 4 hours left to support me through kickstarter- you can get some art and exclusive goodies, and you’ll be helping support the printing costs and future print collections. Please don’t miss out!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1623436576/celestial-cities

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Auction catalogs from the #BKMlibrary continue to provide fascinating discoveries. Recently, I found a catalog comprising the collection of Charles Gillot filled with visual treasures! Who was Charles Gillot? Following the modern tradition of virtual research, I Googled him.

Charles Gillot (1853-1903) was a French inventor and avid collector of ancient and medieval works of art. His father, Firmin Gillot, invented “gillotage” a type of relief photoengraving that revolutionized book publishing; allowing simultaneous printing of text and images. Like father like son, Charles later made technical improvements upon this process, while concurrently amassing an immense amount of important art works. 

Following Gillot’s death, Durand-Ruel gallery in Paris conducted two auction sales of his collection primarily made up of Asian objects as well as Islamic antiquities. The 1904 sale received high praise from many notable figures of the time such as the Goncourt brothers, calling it “the most perfect, the most sophisticated Japanese collection.”

These beautiful auction catalogs are massive. Bound in two catalogs comprised of 3,453 lots—the delicate illustrations, marbled paper, and leather embossed horse are really something to behold!

The remainder of his collection was found 104 years after the original sale and Christie’s held the sale in 2008—owned by The Frick, one of our NYARC partners. 

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Today I launched (pretty much) my new printing service/press called Chain House Press. You can now order zines from the press and send me print jobs via these really cool online fillable forms that makes it hella easy for people to request a printing service for any print job of any magnitude like zines, stickers, posters, etc. Please take a look and support the press - we’re still working on the site and posting about a new release soon. Thanks again to Connor Duncan for giving the name of Chain House Press.

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