Paper before print : the history and impact of paper in the Islamic world (Book, 2001) [WorldCat.org]
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Paper before print : the history and impact of paper in the Islamic world

Author: Jonathan Bloom
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Annotation This engaging book presents a new chapter in paper's history: how its use in Islamic lands during the Middle Ages influenced almost every aspect of medieval life. The text and illustrations (of papermaking techniques and the many uses to which paper was put) give new luster and importance to a now-humble material. 100+ illustrations.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Bloom
ISBN: 0300089554 9780300089554
OCLC Number: 46472021
Description: xiii, 270 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 28 cm
Contents: 1. The invention of paper. Clay tablets and papyrus rolls ; Wooden tablets and parchment codices ; Bamboo strips and silk cloth ; The invention of paper ; The diffusion of paper ; The introduction of paper in the Islamic lands --
2. The spread of papermaking across the Islamic lands. Iraq ; Syria ; Iran and Central Asia ; Egypt ; The Maghrib (North Africa and Spain) --
3. Paper and books. The Koran and oral culture ; Written Arabic ; An explosion of books ; Collections and libraries ; A culture of writing --
4. Paper and systems of notation. Mathematics ; Commerce ; Cartography ; Music, genealogy, and battle plans --
5. Paper and the visual arts. Before the thirteenth century ; From the thirteenth century --
6. The transfer of paper and papermaking to Christian Europe. Byzantium ; Spain ; Italy ; Europe north of the Alps --
7. Paper after print.
Responsibility: Jonathan M. Bloom.
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An exploration of an important chapter in the history of paper: how its use in Islamic lands during the Middle Ages influenced almost every aspect of mediaeval life. Focusing on the spread of paper  Read more...

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"A very ambitious book of wide intellectual scope and down-to-earth relevance to the humanities - not just to the study of Islamic culture. It is brimful of ideas and fizzes with life." Robert Read more...

 
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