An 18th century collection of choirbooks transcribed by the Augustinian friar Miguel de Aguilar (National Institute of Anthropology and History, Mexico).
Post-medieval (early 18th century), but handwritten - and really BIG! These manuscripts were used in a church by groups of singers, which made it necessary to create such big pages - how else would you be able to read the musical notes? They are mostly made of very big animal skins. From big beast to big book. Awesome.
the middle ages were fucking hilarious
The art floor at the Strand.
1. a collection of excerpts from written texts, especially works of literature; an anthology of short literary pieces and poems and ballads etc.
2. an anthology of good writing from the best writers for imitation.
3. a lavishly illustrated book on flowers.
Etymology: Modern Latin, from Latin florilegus (flower-collecting), from flōs (flower) + legere (to collect).
Abelardo Morell - Books (2002)
"One day in 1993 I was looking at a book of works by El Greco. As I turned a page, its surface caught light from a window at a funny angle, changing a reproduction of a painting into a shimmering distortion. What I saw wasn’t El Greco anymore, but it was a beautiful new image nonetheless. I photographed this effect and was immediately inspired to find other ways of seeing books in a new light, so to speak.
The books pictured here range from the very rare to the most common. My attraction to them has less to do with their rarity or preciousness than with my wanting to find out the stories they have to tell. Making photographs of these imagined narratives is at the heart of my work here.”
Biblioteca Palafoxiana, Puebla, México.
This amazing library, founded in 1646 by bishop Juan de Palafox y Mendoza, is considered the first public library in America and preserves intellectual and cultural European heritage.
It has more than 41,000 books and manuscripts, ranging from the 15th to the 20th century, plus 9 incunabula. In 2005, it was listed on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register.
The Little Free Library Bench In New York City
The architectural league of New York has partnered with pen world voices festival and community partner two bridges neighborhood council to bring the little free library to the lower east side.
Open and accessible to the public, the project entitled ‘word play’ by artist and architectural designer chat travieso plays with the idea of stacking and perspective. The concept uses layered plywood to allude to the vertical patterns produced by books on a bookshelf, creating multiple visual effects based on the angle one views the library.
Located in a diverse community made up of english, spanish, and chinese speakers, this visual effect allows the book shelter to convey the word ‘library’ (printed on the surface of the piece) in these three languages all at once. In addition, the communal intervention provides two linear feet of bookshelf space; including seating that faces the east river waterfront providing a space where people can stay to read, share with their neighbors, and enjoy the view.