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Tradition and transformation in 19th century bookbinding

Voyages de Gulliver dans les Contrées Lointaines / Jonathan Swift. Museum no. Circ-186-1948

The 19th century was a time of great change in European bookbinding. Social and educational reform of the previous century had led to increased levels of literacy which in turn resulted in a greater demand for books from a much wider public. The book industry responded to this demand by seeking cheaper and quicker methods of […]

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Searching for the scarab: discovering the binding designs of A.A. Turbayne in the National Art Library

Buckinghamshire and Berkshire painted by Sutton Palmer, described by G.E. Mitton. Book, published London: A. & C. Black, 1920. NAL: L.603-1931. Buckinghamshire and Berkshire painted by Sutton Palmer, described by G.E. Mitton. Book, published London: A. & C. Black, 1920. NAL: L.603-1931©Victoria & Albert Museum, London

One of the pleasures of working with books is discovering eye-catching design in the most everyday of objects. The National Art Library has always acquired some books specifically for their artistic qualities (such as their illustration or binding), but there are many more hiding in our collection with the capacity to surprise and delight. I was […]

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BEST OF THE BEST: TOP 5 Illustration Award BOOK COVER Design winners

2010 Winner Cover Design Marion Deuchars Burmese Days

How do you sum up a 400 page novel in a single image? How do you design an object to be both a work of art and a consumer-good? Continuing with our Best of the Best series of V&A Illustration Award winners, here we list 5 of our favourite Book Cover Designs.

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Glass, hair, shoe laces and straw

'The Book of Nails'
Floating Concrete Octopus, 1992
Pressmark: X930037

Each year at the V&A, students, artists, book historians and anyone else with an eye for the beautiful, unusual and thought provoking come to visit the National Art Library’s rich and varied collection of over 5000 artists’ books.  Often unique works of art, many are displayed in galleries around the V&A as fine examples of […]

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Ian Fleming : Bibliophile

Photograph of Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming died fifty years ago on 12 August 1964, succumbing at the age of 56 to what he termed the ‘Iron Crab’ of heart disease, after a life spent with the same intensity as his enduring hero James Bond. The character shares most of his creator’s enthusiasms – cocktails, casinos, the Caribbean, scrambled eggs, […]

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