The Global Book

Dedicated to the past and future of text technologies from around the globe.
The first commandment in five languages, all in Arabic script from Austrian National Library, Cod. A.F.437, fol. 29v. Other languages represented in the MS include Croatian, Hungarian, and Latin as well as Arabic, Persian, and Turkish.
More information available here.  

The first commandment in five languages, all in Arabic script from Austrian National Library, Cod. A.F.437, fol. 29v. Other languages represented in the MS include Croatian, Hungarian, and Latin as well as Arabic, Persian, and Turkish.

More information available here.  

Sculptural Cartographies - Stick Charts of the Marshall Islands. 

The location of the islands was represented by shells tied to the framework or by the lashed junction of two or more sticks. The threads were used to map ocean swells, the prevailing ocean surface wave-crests and the directions they followed to approach an island.  (more info here)

Sculptural Cartographies - Stick Charts of the Marshall Islands. 

The location of the islands was represented by shells tied to the framework or by the lashed junction of two or more sticks. The threads were used to map ocean swells, the prevailing ocean surface wave-crests and the directions they followed to approach an island.  (more info here)

Carolingian manuscript leaves used as binding material for a 16th C. book.  
(More information here and an article is available in the latest issue of Quaerendo.

Carolingian manuscript leaves used as binding material for a 16th C. book.  

(More information here and an article is available in the latest issue of Quaerendo.

Double fore-edge paintings in 19th century books via the University of Iowa.

"A few days ago Colleen Theisen who helps with outreach and instruction at the Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa shared an amazing gif she made that demonstrates something called fore-edge painting on the edge of a 1837 book called Autumn by Robert Mudie. Fore-edge painting, which is believed to date back as early as the 1650s, is a way of hiding a painting on the edge of a book so that it can only be seen when the pages are fanned out. There are even books that have double fore-edge paintings, where a different image can be seen by flipping the book over and fanning the pages in the opposite direction. 

Double fore-edge paintings in 19th century books via the University of Iowa.

"A few days ago Colleen Theisen who helps with outreach and instruction at the Special Collections & University Archives at the University of Iowa shared an amazing gif she made that demonstrates something called fore-edge painting on the edge of a 1837 book called Autumn by Robert Mudie. Fore-edge painting, which is believed to date back as early as the 1650s, is a way of hiding a painting on the edge of a book so that it can only be seen when the pages are fanned out. There are even books that have double fore-edge paintings, where a different image can be seen by flipping the book over and fanning the pages in the opposite direction. 

Gospel passages inscribed on the wall of a medieval crypt at Old Dongola. 
More info here.

Gospel passages inscribed on the wall of a medieval crypt at Old Dongola. 

More info here.

A forest of characters. Ryuichi Yamashiro’s “Forest” silkscreen, 1954.

A forest of characters. Ryuichi Yamashiro’s “Forest” silkscreen, 1954.

The first art-nouveau title page. Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo, Wren’s City Churches. (Orpington, Kent, 1883). Woodcut. 

The first art-nouveau title page. Arthur Heygate Mackmurdo, Wren’s City Churches. (Orpington, Kent, 1883). Woodcut. 

The earliest printed book in China - a scroll of the Diamond Sutra from 868.

The earliest printed book in China - a scroll of the Diamond Sutra from 868.

Giant Koran at Al-Ashriyyah Nurul Iman boarding school in Parung, West Java. (h/t to @Stewart_Brookes)

Giant Koran at Al-Ashriyyah Nurul Iman boarding school in Parung, West Java. (h/t to @Stewart_Brookes)

Lidded stoneware jar with typographical design, by Bo Kristiansen, d. 1991.

Lidded stoneware jar with typographical design, by Bo Kristiansen, d. 1991.