Many will say a book, or story is a work of art. This post discusses a more literal rendering of the art of the book. All articles are from Atlas Obscura.
These two articles explores the mysterious world of ink blots in the Victorian era. They gained popularity when a German writer popularized them as an eerie and inspirational art form. Here is a book collection of ink blots made of autographs and signatures, and here we see how klecksography features in the Victorian game “Gobolinks”, using inkblots as inspiration for weird poems.
Here we see a trend of painting detailed landscapes on gathered edges of the pages of a closed book.
And if you’ve ever been curious about the gorgeous art designs of the end paper of older and rarer books check out this article for a variety of delightful endpaper art, and the mesmerizing video above on the art of the end paper marbler from 1970.