Oh shinny and new Pictorial Webster's, let me count the ways I love thee:
1. So full of old school wonder, this awesome book contains over 1500 engravings of images from the 19th century.
2. Victorian mindset revealed; a visual history book that essentially tells the story of what was considered important, or at least a curiosity, to the 19th century citizen.
3. Alphabetically arranged images create ironic and entertaining juxtapositions. Flip through the book to find a cannon about to blow a native man and his canoe to tiny bits. If that doesn't represent a clue into the Victorian perspective then I don't know what does.
4. This beautifully restored collection houses pages and pages of creative inspiration. I know a lot of people taught themselves to draw by attempting to copy images from any book they could get their hands on. For me it was an old grubby dictionary falling apart at the seams.
So, what's that that Chronicle Books says about Pictorial Webster's? Oh yeah, here it is in a nutshell: this chunky volume is an irresistible treasure trove for art lovers, designers, and anyone with an interest in visual history. So, basically its awesome. If you're interested in picking up your own copy head over here and order one today.