Pictorial Websters

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Where can you find a detailed diagram of the ear, an illustration of a beetle, and a picture of how to hit a tennis backhand? Your dictionary. And now artist and book binder John  Carrera has categorized and re-printed thousands of the illustrations used in the 19th century Merriam-Webster dictionaries and created new illustrations of his own in the new book called “Pictorial Webster’s, A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities.”

A wood block used to print the illustration of Marcel Duchamp's bicycle wheel, from "Pictorial Webster's: A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities."
A wood block used to print the illustration of Marcel Duchamp's bicycle wheel, from "Pictorial Webster's: A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities."
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