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    Extra-illustrations: the order of the book and the fantasia of the library

    Calè, Luisa (2016) Extra-illustrations: the order of the book and the fantasia of the library. In: Craciun, A. and Schaffer, S. (eds.) The Material Culture of Enlightenment Arts and Sciences. Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment. Romanticism and the Cultures of Print. Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 235-254. ISBN 9781137445797.

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    In Bibliomania; or Book Madness (1811), Thomas Frognall Dibdin breaks down the act of reading into a series of operations that turn the text into a script for a material practice of collecting. Extra-illustration questions the book as a cultural object, subverts its bibliographic codes and opens its boundaries to articulate additional or alternative orders of knowledge. This essay explores two extra-illustrated Shakespeares described by Dibdin: Shakespeare editor George Steevens extended the text with engraved portraits of Shakespeare, his editors, commentators, as well as characters and places mentioned in the plays. Margaret Bingham, Lady Lucan inlaid her edition with watercolours that attempted to recreate the aristocratic world of illuminated manuscripts and reclaim Shakespeare from the bourgeois aesthetic of the portable gallery of prints. Together they articulate the social and aesthetic spectrum of extra-illustration.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: Reproduced with permission of Palgrave Macmillan. This extract is taken from the author's original manuscript and has not been edited. The definitive, published, version of record is available at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Extra-illustration, collecting, bibliomania, Shakespeare, George Steevens, Thomas Frognall Dibdin, Margaret Bingham Lady Lucan, Althorp, editing, print culture
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
    Research Centres and Institutes: Nineteenth-Century Studies, Centre for
    Depositing User: Luisa Cale
    Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2016 10:40
    Last Modified: 09 Aug 2023 12:37


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