The Easel

Ancient books, an introduction

Books were “the first design object in Italy”. More than their content, the appeal of ancient (16th century) books is beauty and craftsmanship – “composition, illustrations, the balance between text and image, the very refined typography”. Distinguished provenance may add further allure. Admits a clearly besotted interviewee, books’ “preconceived image of dustiness … scares people off … artworks seem more straightforward”.