Posts tagged text

Employee’s fingers autocorrected with mirrored text. 

Throughout An Exact Narrative of Many Surprizing Matters of Fact Uncontestably Wrought By an Evil Spirit or Spirits, In the House of Master Jan Smagge (1709). Original from Oxford University. Digitized March 10, 2009.

The author becomes a text: pasted-in portrait, clipped from a newspaper. 

From the front matter of The Purgatory of Suicides: A Prison-Rhyme by Thomas Cooper (1850). Original from the University of Michigan. Digitized March 6, 2006.

Text photographed through both sides of a hole in the page.

From p. 1-2 of A Hue and Cry After Conscience: or, The Pilgrims Progress by Candle-light by John Dunton (1681). Original from Lyon Public Library (Bibliothèque jésuite des Fontaines). Digitized September 14, 2010.

The famed marbled page of Tristram Shandy, recto and verso, with imprint of text from surrounding pages.

From The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, v.3, by Laurence Sterne (1761). Original from Oxford University. Digitized October 5, 2007.

Cropping creates triangular erasure poems.

Throughout The Voyages and Travells of the Ambassadors Sent by Frederick Duke of Holstein, to the Great Duke of Muscovy, and the King of Persia by Adam Olearius, Johann Albrecht von Mandelslo, Philipp Crusius, and Otto Brüggemann (1669). Original from the Complutense University of Madrid. Digitized February 11, 2009.

A bookplate: “You are requested not to turn down the leaves.” Employee turns pages (gently?). 

From the back matter of In Bad Company: And Other Stories by Rolf Boldrewood (1901). Original from the University of Michigan. Digitized May 9, 2005.


Detritus: Poems from the Thames Foreshore Krissy Wilson is searching for textual artifacts in London’s river midden and assembling them into public, mosaic poems.

This is the process blog for my forthcoming Fulbright application, and it features a pique assiette mix of found objects, Victorian perspective on the Thames mudlarkers, folk art, tales of beachcombers worldwide, memoryware, and textual mosaic. 

Mosaic artists, poets, Londoners, beachcombers, anthropologists, and scholars of all kinds: I’d like for you to check out my latest project and I’d like even better to collaborate with you. 

Text visible through the page (the subject of the girl’s gaze).

Also, an amazing plate: “The mother stated that when three months pregnant with the child she was much terrified by a monkey attached to a street organ, which jumped on her back as she was passing by.”

From p.82 of The Human Hair: Its Structure, Growth, Diseases, and Their Treatment by Hermann Beigel (1869). Original from Harvard University. Digitized May 23, 2007.