4 episodes

Exploring curious stories about the people and technology behind what we read - with Anna Faherty and Judith Watts. For book nerds, readers and anyone interested in publishing or book history.

Bookshapers Anna Faherty and Judith Watts

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Exploring curious stories about the people and technology behind what we read - with Anna Faherty and Judith Watts. For book nerds, readers and anyone interested in publishing or book history.

    Botanica Blackwellia

    Botanica Blackwellia

    In which Anna and Judith travel back to the degenerate world of Eighteenth-century London. Expect user-focused content and design, a performance in rhyming verse and a dash of gin.When Elizabeth Blackwell's husband ends up in a debtor's prison, she thinks writing and illustrating her own book will save the day, but it's a mammoth task. CONNECT WITH ANNA & JUDITHFind more information and images at the Bookshapers website.Follow Bookshapers on Instagram.Follow Bookshapers on Twitter.USEFUL ...

    • 44 min
    Pianotype

    Pianotype

    In which Anna and Judith uncover a publishing innovation that promised to spark a revolution - but didn't. Expect the spectre of automation, invisible women, union disputes, rock-star pianists and a new take on the sound of typesetting.The Anatomy of Sleep was the first book ever typeset by machine. By the time of the second edition, it was set by hand. Today, the machine that made it is virtually unknown. So what happened?CONNECT WITH ANNA & JUDITHFind more information and images at the ...

    • 35 min
    The Sign of the Penguins

    The Sign of the Penguins

    In which Anna and Judith travel to Antarctica to embark on the greatest possible adventure: publishing a book! Expect cold, dark and dismal weather, the printing press from hell and the stench of seal blubber - all wrapped up in tasty petit-pois endpapers.Aurora Australis was the first book ever written, printed and bound in Antarctica. This rare collection of fact, fiction and poetry was self-published in 1908, at Shackleton's hut in Cape Royds.CONNECT WITH ANNA & JUDITHFind more informa...

    • 40 min
    Trailer 01: The pianotype

    Trailer 01: The pianotype

    We discover an elegant Victorian machine, which promised to revolutionise typography and literature. But why has no-one heard of it? FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THIS TOPIC You can view the 1842 edition of 'The Anatomy of Sleep' by Dr Edward Binns online at the Internet Archive. You can see pictures of the Pianotype machine in Anna's blog post for Wellcome Collection (now archived by Archive-it). EPISODE CREDITS: Background music: La Campanella. Composed by F...

    • 2 min

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