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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
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“Everybody who has ever read a book will benefit from the way Keith Houston explores the most powerful object of our time. And everybody who has read it will agree that reports of the book’s death have been greatly exaggerated.”―Erik Spiekermann, typographerWe may love books, but do we know what... show more
“Everybody who has ever read a book will benefit from the way Keith Houston explores the most powerful object of our time. And everybody who has read it will agree that reports of the book’s death have been greatly exaggerated.”―Erik Spiekermann, typographerWe 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. 71 color illustrations
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780393244793 (0393244792)
ASIN: 0393244792
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Pages no: 448
Edition language: English
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teaandbooks rated it
2.0 Not the right book for me but could be great for someone who *really* loves books.
I enjoy books about books and 'The Book' promised to be a nuts and bolts look at what makes a book. From the pages to the ink to the binding to how a book is formatted, etc. it's all here. Houston starts from the beginning with a look at papyrus and how it was made. That's how far down deep we get...
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