The Word Embodied

R. Arvid Nelsen.
The Word Embodied: Scripture as Creative Inspiration in Twentieth-Century Book Arts.
Dallas, Texas: Bridwell Library, 2018.

Bridwell Library at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University announces the publication of a limited edition, fine press catalog of the exhibition curated by R. Arvid Nelsen, on display in The Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Galleries at Bridwell Library, March 1 through June 15, 2019.

Twentieth-century printers and artists developed aesthetic principles that articulated the power of the book to influence the reader’s experience of a text. They endeavored not simply to copy or illustrate Scripture but to embody it in a meaningful form. Whether austere or exuberant in design, these books were conceived to give countenance to the spirit within.

Two hundred copies were designed and printed by Bradley Hutchinson at his letterpress printing office in Austin Texas. The type is Espinosa Nova, designed by Cristóbal Henestrosa and based on the types of Antonio de Espinosa, the first typecutter in the New World, who was active in Mexico City between 1551 and 1576. The paper is Mohawk Superfine and the illustrations were printed by Capital Printing of Austin, Texas. The portfolio was constructed by Santiago Elrod. Images were prepared by Rebecca Howdeshell, Bridwell Library, using an i2S SupraScan Quartz A1 book scanner. 100 pages, folios housed in paper wrappers; color illustrations; 28 x 21 cm.

Sample images from the limited edition, fine-press exhibition catalog are displayed below. The price of the catalog is $85.00 plus tax and $5.00 shipping. Orders picked up in the library will not be charged shipping. To order, click here. Institutions eligible for tax-exempt purchases, click here.