2.5.08

Curiosity

I am very curious about this book:



Here's the description:

With just a few select books to date, the British publisher (and design company) Fuel has already made a splash with its beautifully produced books on such ephemeral or popular arts as tattooing (Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia Volumes I and II), soccer programs (Match Day) and improvised domestic implements (Home-Made). Fuel's latest publication extends this visual anthropology to the Internet, specifically the blog BibliOdyssey. Across the world, libraries and institutions are only recently starting to make their collections available online, and the bulk of this amazing material goes unnoted by the casual surfer.

BibliOdyssey's mission over the past two years has been to diligently trawl the dustier corners of the Internet and retrieve these materials for our attention. Thanks to the daily efforts of this singular blog, a myriad of long-forgotten imagery has now re-surfaced, from eighteenth-century anatomical and architectural drawing to occult and alchemical engravings and proto-Surrealist depictions of the horrors of industrialization (for example, the half-plant, half-people illustrations of J.J. Grandville). Each of the images is accompanied by commentary from "PK," author and curator of the BibliOdyssey blog.


I found BibliOdyssey at a site called (not so coincidentally) BibliOdyssey where I went wandering to see the Japanese crepe paper fairy tales (as recommended at Fuse #8).




Whoever this PK/peacay person is, he does have a wonderful cabinet of curiosities. Nice place to visit.

2 comments:

peacay said...

Oh yay....didn't know I had a mention by the esteemed Elizabeth Bird - I've been haphazardly following her for the last year or more.

btw, it's BibliOdyssey, not BiblioOdyssey

This and this (actually there are a fair few reviews around and aboutst) might help you become a little better acquainted with the book and or the blog and or moi!

It's not exactly a children's book although I do love me some kids' material.

Cheers!!

O'Leary said...

Hi there - nice to meet you.
Sorry about that extra o sneaking in there.
I'm planning on getting better acquainted with the book in person. Looks great. And I do occasionally read books that are not children's books ... although pictures help!