HISTORY OF THE BOOK IN 100 BOOKS


HISTORY OF THE BOOK IN 100 BOOKS

RODERICK CAVE & SARA AYAD    Book Number: 84595    Product format: Hardback

Classic examples such as Gutenberg's 42-Line Bible and The Book of Kells, Egyptian books on papyrus like Book of the Dead of Ani, bone, bamboo and bark extraordinary books of the people of Sumatra, an early masterpiece of Ethiopian art, illuminated manuscripts, the advent of Islam and greater use of paper, the spread of the written and printed word as the book trade grows, Al-Sufi's Book of Fixed Stars showing the positions of each constellation, maps from Schedel's World Chronicle bordered with strange creatures like a dog-headed cyclops and people with faces in their stomachs, printing in Arabic, Gregorio's Book of Hours, the destruction of books and censorship, Baroque dancing in Tomlinson's Art of Dancing, early books for children like Newbery's Little Pretty Pocket-Book, lewd literary classics like Cleland's Fanny Hill, tactile writing and books for the blind in braille, pulp fiction Victorian style, 20th century publishing and mass production and the design of the paperback, digitisation and the future of the book, this volume tells the story of the book from the very beginning. It is a story of mankind's 5,000 year thirst for knowledge and today the e-book age has taken the book to a turning point, casting off old technologies and taking on new ones. Less well known titles have been selected to represent a stage in the history of book production or because of their content or impact and each entry is placed in specific historical context. The authors work with rare book collections and specialise in picture research, and this book is lavishly illustrated with colour photographs of the most treasured artefacts from the world's historic collection. 288 big beautiful pages, this is a bibliophile's delight. Colour. 8¼" x 10¼".
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