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The Resource The book : a cover-to-cover exploration of the most powerful object of our time, Keith Houston

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

Label
The book : a cover-to-cover exploration of the most powerful object of our time
Title
The book
Title remainder
a cover-to-cover exploration of the most powerful object of our time
Statement of responsibility
Keith Houston
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Reveals how books and the materials that make them reflect the history of human civilization, tracing the development of writing, printing, illustrating, and binding to demonstrate the transition from cuneiform tablets and papyrus scrolls to the mass-distributed books of today
  • "We may love books, but do we know what lies behind them? In The Book, 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 an invitingly 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 have moved from cuneiform tablets and papyrus scrolls to the hardcovers and paperbacks of today. Sure to delight book lovers of all stripes with its lush, full-color illustrations, The Book gives us the momentous and surprising history behind humanity's most important--and universal--information technology."--Back cover
Cataloging source
FMG
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1977-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Houston, Keith
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Books
  • Printing
  • Books and reading
Label
The book : a cover-to-cover exploration of the most powerful object of our time, Keith Houston
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-401) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part 1: The page. 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 -- Part 2. The text. 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 -- Part 3. Illustrations. 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 -- Part 4. Form. 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 -- Colophon
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvii, 428 pages
Isbn
9780393244793
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)956980330
  • (OCoLC)ocn956980330
  • 816439
Label
The book : a cover-to-cover exploration of the most powerful object of our time, Keith Houston
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-401) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Part 1: The page. 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 -- Part 2. The text. 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 -- Part 3. Illustrations. 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 -- Part 4. Form. 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 -- Colophon
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xvii, 428 pages
Isbn
9780393244793
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)
System control number
  • (OCoLC)956980330
  • (OCoLC)ocn956980330
  • 816439

Library Locations

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