Albert, Ernest & the Titanic

15 - 27 November 2012

Albert Ernest & the Titanic is an exhibition of the book by Jamie Murphy about the story of the onboard printers on The Titanic and of the 40 illustration plates contained within it.


The exhibition will open at 6pm on November 15th 2012.


The book is the product of two years of research conducted by Jamie Murphy while studying for his MA in Design at NCAD. It tells the story of the Titanic’s ill-fated on board printers, Abraham “Albert” Mishellany and Ernest Corbin as they embark on the ship’s maiden voyage. They acted as both designers and printers for items produced on board the liner, such as menus, stationery, etc. Today, such items sell for tens of thousands of euro at auction.


Printed at Distiller’s Press in NCAD, Murphy has used only the type of equipment and materials available to Mishellany and Corbin to produce this beautiful limited edition book. All the text for the 36 copies was painstakingly set and printed by hand using traditional letterpress methods. Forty hand cut linoleum illustrations portraying the working men and the vast, luxurious liner, were also created to complement the publication. Murphy said: “One special component is the use of coal salvaged from the Titanic’s wreck site to make an ink for the book. This means there is a little bit of the Titanic in each copy.”


Author Colm Tóibín writes in his foreword for the book: “As we mark the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic, we are reminded of the amazing gallery of prose and poetry prompted by the events of 1912. However, as well as the passengers, we cannot forget the skilled craftsmen who worked on the ship.”


The exhibition is complemented by an artists talk by Jamie Murphy on the making and binding of the book. 


Tom Duffy of Duffy Bookbinders will be present to explain the special exposed glueless binding used as well as other specialist binding techniques.