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Scribes, script, and books : the book arts from antiquity to the Renaissance

Author: Leila Avrin
Publisher: Chicago : American Library Association ; London : The British Library, 1991.
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Co-published with the British Library, this text examines the origins of the book, the book in the ancient world, the development of scripts and styles of illumination, and the making of manuscripts  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
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Avrin, Leila.
Scribes, script, and books.
Chicago : American Library Association ; London : The British Library, 1991
(OCoLC)605270650
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leila Avrin
ISBN: 0838905226 9780838905227 071230245X 9780712302456
OCLC Number: 20417108
Description: xxxxii, 356 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Contents: Writing : Embryo writing ; Systems and stages ; The ancestors of Western script --
The alphabet : Principle and system ; Diffusion of the alphabet --
The book in the ancient world of Mesopotamia ; History of Mesopotamia: Sumer, Assyria, Babylonia ; Books: materials and techniques ; LIterature ; Illustration ; Scribes Colophons --
The Egyptian book : History and evidence ; Materials; Scrolls ; Titles and colophons ; Literature ; Illustrations ; Scribes --
The Hebrew book ; History ; Materials ; The making of a Torah scroll ; Scribes ; Books other than the Torah ; Development of the Hebrew codex: the middle ages ; Adornment and illumination of Hebrew manuscripts --
The Greek and Hellenistic book : History and evidence ; Materials ; The writing of a scroll ; Readers and scribes ; Colophons ; Literature ; Hellenism and the book ; Parchment --
The Roman book : History and literature ; Materials ; Publishers, scribes and readers ; Education ; From scroll to codex --
Latin script : Capitals ; Cursive scripts ; Uncials ; Minuscules ; Gothic script ; Humanistic script ; Calligraphy after the invention of printing --
Codices manu scripti: books written by hand : The monastery and literary tradition ; Materials ; Design and preparation of the codex ; The scribe ; Colophons ; The artist ; Women and books ; The late middle ages ; Sources of manuscripts --
Manuscript illumination : Methodology ; Early Christian and Byzantine manuscripts ; Hiberno-Saxon ; Carolingian Renaissance ; Ottonian ; Romanesque ; Gothic --
The Islamic book : Materials: papyrus, parchment, and paper ; Tools, inks, and paint ; Format ; Literature ; Script and scribes ; Illustration --
Papermaking : From the Far East to the Near East ; Spain ; Italy ; European methods ; New raw materials ; Innovations --
Bookbinding : Technique: forwarding ; Finishing ; History --
On the eve of printing : Block printing in the Far East and Near East ; Block printing in Europe ; Block books.
Responsibility: Leila Avrin ; illustrations by Malla Carl and Noah Ophir.

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