Susan Leiper on Chine book format, Slightly Foxed Issue 3

The Chinese Book II

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In Issue 1, I described the tradition in Chinese books of placing an illustration above a solid block of text on each page, a tradition that I set out to revive in my Chinese cookery manual. In the image above the script is written with a quill. I used a modernized version of the Bastard Gothic hand known as bâtarde or bastarda, which incidentally provided the basis for a number of early typefaces in France and England. It has a cursive quality akin to Chinese calligraphy and is roughly contemporaneous with the golden age of Chinese printed books in the mid to late Ming dynasty. The text runs horizontally and each line is separated by a thin gold rule.

The homogeneity of the Chinese page relies for the most part

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