Posts Tagged ‘Books’

Carnegie International, the catalogs, and their covers

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Cover of the 1961 Carnegie International (called Pittsburgh International Exhibition)

The earliest Carnegie International catalog covers featured a profile with the motto “Honos Alit Artes” (in English, “Honor feeds the arts”). This phrase is attributed to Cicero, who argued that an artistic discipline, such as painting, requires recognition and support from the public in order to flourish. This cover design was used from 1896 to 1914, when the annual show was put on hold due to the war. When the exhibition was brought back in 1920, the covers had a new, modern design. This Art Deco look was used from 1920 to 1922, and the show was renamed the International Exhibition of Paintings. 1924 saw the introduction of a new cover design, this time a classic image of a goddess. (more…)

For Lovers Of Book Covers

Friday, October 12th, 2012

Book covers by William Burroughs

Covers of books by William S. Burroughs and Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady and John Clellon Holmes and David Goodis

“Everything except salt air and a beach.”

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Did you know that the world’s first Ferris Wheel was invented and built by a Pittsburgher in 1893?

Walking by Caliban Books the other day I spotted this little gem in the window: PittburGraphics: Graphic Studies in Paragraphs and Pictures Pertaining to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by Samuel R. Ohler. Published in 1983, this book is packed with fascinating (if a bit outdated) tid-bits of information about our Steel City, including a history of Pittsburgh’s inclines, tunnels, and bridges, as well as its Greatest Tragedies, Worst Floods, and the mysterious “Underground River.” Also covered are exciting topics such as “Fighting Ships Named USS Pittsburgh” and “Living Downtown” in the city Ohler describes as having “everything but salt air and a beach.” This book is so full of PGH-pride that the cover features a typeface called “Pittsburgh Black,” first manufactured in PGH in the early 1900s.

See the gallery below to peek between the covers. There is even a little lesson in Pittsburguese!