Tuesday, December 18, 2007

old new worlds...

1540-1552 ptolemy map detail 2

1540-1552 ptolemy map detail

images of america from munster's 1540 edition of ptolemy's geographia as pictured in "old maps and their makers" from 1925. i love the color combinations and how the printing give the images an incredibly awkward presence. the linework a bit more crude and seemingly distant from munster's originals. they feel more re-drawn than printed, or better yet, as though they are hovering between drawn and printed - and almost kid-like...

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2 Comments:

Blogger Moon River said...

love it as well....
love this same "feeling" as if they are "hovering between drawn and printed"

10:35 PM  
Blogger sroden said...

unfortunately the computer screen doesn't capture enough of this. the printing is so tactile, the colors perfection... it's something that seems to have only been possible with inexpensive printing processes that are no longer in use... the awkwardness is absolutely a beautiful thing.

8:19 AM  

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