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The book on the bookshelf

Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, [2000] 1999
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Vintage books editionView all editions and formats
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"Henry Petroski, "the poet laureate of technology" sets his sights on perhaps the greatest technological advances of the last two thousand years: the making and storing of books -- from papyrus scrolls to precious medieval codices to the book as we know it, from the great library at Alexandria to monastic cells to the Library of Congress." "As writing advanced, and with it broader literacy, the development of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Henry Petroski
ISBN: 0375706399 9780375706394
OCLC Number: 45174359
Description: x, 290 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: ch. 1. Books on bookshelves --
ch. 2. From scrolls to codices --
ch. 3. Chests, cloisters, and carrels --
ch. 4. Chained to the desk --
ch. 5. Press of books --
ch. 6. Studying studies --
ch. 7. Up against the wall --
ch. 8. Books and bookshops --
ch. 9. Bookstack engineering --
ch. 10. Shelves that move --
ch. 11. Care of books.
Responsibility: by Henry Petroski.
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"Henry Petroski, "the poet laureate of technology" sets his sights on perhaps the greatest technological advances of the last two thousand years: the making and storing of books -- from papyrus scrolls to precious medieval codices to the book as we know it, from the great library at Alexandria to monastic cells to the Library of Congress." "As writing advanced, and with it broader literacy, the development of the book was seemingly inevitable. And as books became more common, the question of where and how to store them became more pertinent. But how did we come from continuous sheets rolled on spools to the ubiquitous portable item you are holding in your hand? And how did books come to be stored and displayed vertically and spine out on shelves? Henry Petroski answers these and virtually every other question we might have about books as he contemplates the history of the book on the bookshelf with his inimitable subtle analysis and intriguing detail. Book jacket."--BOOK JACKET.

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