It was my birthday this past week. David spread it out from Monday to Saturday. He brought me a huge bouquet of lilacs on Monday that lasted until Friday, then this smaller bunch on Saturday morning.
He also gave me two books, one on Monday and one on Saturday.
The Monday book was The Golden Age of Botanical Art by Martin Rix. (ISBN 978-0-233–00364-1)
Published by Andre Deutsch Books Limited in association with Kew Royal Botanic Gardens in 2012, the book is a lush selection from the Kew art collection. It highlights work created from 1600 to 1900, but covers the history of botanical illustration.
Tulips, Félice Cronier, 1839
Albizia lebbeck, Mrs. Hutton, 1818
Rose, Regina Hagedorn, 2004
It is a gorgeous book, and I have already spent time enjoying the beautiful images.
Saturday’s book was even more of a treasure. I had seen the collages of Ludwig Zeller on the internet (often unattributed) and had not realised he had created an abecedarium until Robert Bolick wrote about it in Books on Books.
I was extremely jealous of Bob when I read the post, sufficiently so that David noticed and went searching on the internet. He managed to find a second-hand copy for me. I am now the proud owner of signed copy 194 from an edition of 200. While the cover is not in as good condition as Bob’s copy —there is sun-fading, and a lovely little coffee splash on the upper right front corner— the pages are in excellent condition.
The book was published by The Porcupine’s Quill, Incorporated in 1979. From the colophon:
Ludwig Zeller was born in 1927, in Rio Loa, in
the desert of Atacama, in the north of Chile.
He has been living since 1971 in Toronto
where he has published surrealist texts under
the imprint of Oasis Publications and exhib-
ited his collages.
I am absolutely thrilled to have this copy.
In other book arts news:
If you are interested in professional type design, this Hope Meng online workshop offered by Letterform Archive might be for you.
If you don’t wish to take the workshop, you may want to investigate Meng’s Monogram Project (creating monograms from every possible two letter combination of the twenty-six letters of the English alphabet), or you can simply look at images from the project at #monogramprojecthmd
If you are in the Kingston area you might want to check out Lise Melhorn-Boe‘s retrospective Con•nec•tion at the Window Art Gallery. The show is on until June 24, 2020 with the gallery operating with anti-Covid-19 precautions. If you can’t see it in person, here’s a fifty-five minute walking tour. The first two minutes are an introduction by curator Rebecca Korn, the rest is Lise talking about her work.