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The book : a cover-to-cover exploration of the most powerful object of our time

Author: Keith Houston
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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We may love books, but do we know what lies behind them? Keith Houston reveals that the paper, ink, thread, glue, and board from which a book is made tell as rich a story as the words on its pages -- of civilizations, empires, human ingenuity, and madness. In a tactile history of this 2,000-year-old medium, Houston follows the development of writing, printing, the art of illustrations, and binding to show how we  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogues
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Keith Houston
ISBN: 9780393244793 0393244792
OCLC Number: 956980330
Description: xvii, 428 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
Contents: A clean sheet: The invention of papyrus --
Hidebound: The grisly invention of parchment --
Pulp fictions: The ambiguous origins of paper in China --
From Silk Road to paper trail: Paper goes global --
Stroke of genius: The arrival of writing --
The prints and the pauper: Johannes Gutenberg and the invention of movable type --
Out of sorts: Typesetting meets the Industrial Revolution --
Saints and scriveners: The rise of the illuminated manuscript --
Ex Oriente lux: Woodcut comes to the West --
Etching a sketch: Copperplate printing and the Renaissance --
Better imaging through chemistry: Lithography, photography, and modern book printing --
Books before the book: Papyrus scrolls and wax tablets --
Joining the folds: The invention of the codex --
Ties that bind: Binding the paged book --
Size matters: The invention of the modern book.
Responsibility: Keith Houston.

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