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Greenlit: The Beauty of Old Books, BBC4

The Beauty of Old Books (4×60′) – For centuries the book has been the vessel to hold human thought in the storehouse of knowledge. This series explores the beauty and meaning of the book as a physical and artistic object.

Some books have altered the course of history, others have profoundly influenced the way we see ourselves. From philosophy, religion, art, science and politics through to fantastical fictions, books have enabled new ideas to spread across the globe.

Many books are also objects of beauty; masterpieces in their own right. The series sheds new light on the sometimes neglected physical attributes of books: binding, marbling, gilding, embossing, illuminations, first editions, rarity, quality, page, text, image as well as shape and size are all contemplated.

Through interviews with experts, close examination of original book illustrations and artistic impressions, private journals and historic archive, the astonishing, absorbing and arresting beauty of books is revealed.

Channel: BBC4

Producer: Tern

TX: Autumn 2010 / Winter 2011

Source: BBC Press Office


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