NOVA CANTABRIGIENSIS
— JOHN DEVLIN —
ABOUT
Nova Cantabrigiensis is a utopian island in the middle of the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia.

It is the invention of visionary outsider artist John Devlin, and was designed to recreate the atmosphere and architecture of Cambridge, England, which John considers to be the perfect city.

John came to study in Cambridge in 1979, and fell in love with its unique ambience. When mental illness forced him to return home to Canada after just one year, he became obsessed with discovering the secret to 'the Cambridge essence'.

Over ten years, John created over 360 beautiful and unique illustrations, dream-like sketches of re-imagined and reconfigured Cambridge buildings, drawn again and again in the pursuit of perfection.

The book Nova Cantabrigiensis presents a selection of John's illustrations, as well as an essay describing his plans for the island and his mathematical theories about architecture. It is published by Island Editions.



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EVENTS
The book was launched in London, Cambridge and Halifax this summer with exhibitions and displays of John's illustrations, writings and video pieces. Click here to see some images of the launches that took place at the RCA's Cafe Chateau, Kettle's Yard and the Eyelevel Gallery.
PRESS

Henry Boxer Gallery 18-July-12
ABCD Art Brut 28-June-12
Drawn & Quarterly Blog 13-May-12
AGNS Journal 15-Dec-11
032c 01-Dec-11
The Coast (Review) 17-Nov-11
Dazed & Confused 20-Oct-11
Eyeteeth 19-Oct-11
Broken Pencil 53 01-Oct-11
Raw Vision 12-Sep-11
GRAFIK iPhone App 18-Aug-11
Wallpaper.com 08-Aug-11
Thingsmagazine.net 08-Aug-11
Katalog von allem 29-Jul-11
It's Nice That 25-Jul-11
The Coast 07-Jul-11
Interview on CBC Radio One 10-Jun-10
BBC Cambridge 18-Jun-10



BOOKSHOPS
The book is now available in the following bookshops (more soon):

CAMBRIDGE
Heffers
Kettle's Yard
The Fitzwilliam Museum

LONDON
AA Bookshop
Brick Lane Bookshop
Daunt Books: Chelsea
Donlon Books
KK Outlet
Koenig Books: Serpentine Gallery
X Marks the Bokship

NEW YORK
Karma
McNally Jackson
The New Museum Store
Printed Matter
St Mark's Bookshop

HALIFAX
Eyelevel Bookstore
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

TORONTO
Swipe Design Toronto

CHICAGO
Intuit

MONTREAL
Canadian Centre for Architecture
Librairie Drawn and Quarterly

ZURICH
Kunstgriff
Motto Zurich

LAUSANNE
Collection de l'art brut Lausanne


ISTANBUL
Torna



This book was made possible with funding from Ideastap. Thank you, Ideastap.
All images © John Devlin.
Design: Dylan Spencer-Davidson.
Editor: Lizzie Alice Robinson.
Published by Island Editions.
Contact us at info@islandeditions.co.uk