Saturday, January 29, 2011
via The Cataloguer's Desk
“One of the most popular children’s books of all time, The Tale of Peter Rabbit has sold more than 45 million copies over the past century. As well as being a beloved children’s story, the book’s publication history is very interesting, with two private printings appearing before the first commercial edition. ”
Read the rest, and see more images from the private printings, here. Perhaps it is just the angled view of the pictured spread, but the expressions on the rabbits faces reminds me very much of Rosemary Wells’ series of books featuring Max the rabbit.
“According to its creators at the London-based BERG firm, Dimensions is a Google Map–based ‘experimental prototype’ designed for the BBC’s always-expanding, ever-impressive website. ‘We want to bring home the human scale of events and places in history,’ the designers write. ‘How far would the Titanic stretch down your street?’ You can pick dozens of structures, or other space-based things or phenomena, which are split into nine categories—Space, Ancient Worlds, Cities in History, WWII, and so forth—and lay them over your own address, or any other. Some, like the area affected by the Chernobyl cloud, are unfathomably large—much bigger than we imagined them to be before plugging our hometowns into BERG’s prototype.”
Visit the Very Short List here; the BBC’s Dimensions site here.