Cranach Press Hamlet

On my last post about woodcuts, I promised some beautiful twentieth-century ones, so here you are: This is the opening to a German book arts press edition of Hamlet, printed in 1928 by Count Harry Kessler’s Cranach Press in Weimar. The book consists of Gerhart Hauptman’s translation of the second quarto of Shakespeare’s play, surrounded […]

more on medieval books

Since in his most recent post, Got Medieval has included my brief thoughts on why books should be one of words when defining “The Middle Ages in Seven Words (or less)“, I thought I would flesh out my earlier post a bit. For me, there are two equally important parts in the question of whether […]

more woodcuts

  Last time I posted a picture of the big, full-page woodcut facing the first page of Genesis from the 1527 Latin Bible. There is another full-page woodcut in the Bible, facing the first page of the New Testament. But there are also lots of small woodcuts that appear at the heads of books and […]


>It’s been a while since I turned to the 1527 Bible, but we’re not done exploring yet. We still have to look at one of its most striking features: the full-page woodcut. Go back and look at previous blogs on the book if you want to see it in context of the page opening. It’s […]

>more bookworming

>Today’s feast: this beautiful illustration of a book worm from Robert Hooke’s Micrographia: Or Some Physiological Descriptions of Minute Bodies Made by Magnifying Glasses with Observations and Inquiries Thereupon. Published in 1665, with beautiful copperplate engravings based on Hooke’s own drawings, Hooke’s work is a foundational work in the history of science. And it provides […]