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Books: A Living History

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From the first scribbling on papyrus to the emergence of the e-book, this wide-ranging overview of the history of the book provides a fascinating look at one of the most efficient, versatile, and enduring technologies ever developed.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 200.66 x 259.08 x 25.4mm | 748.42g
  • Getty Trust Publications
  • Getty Publications
  • Los Angeles, United States
  • English
  • New
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 160606083X
  • 9781606060834
  • 1,113,410

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""Books: A Living History" celebrates the history and magic of the book, from cuneiform tablets to Harry Potter, looking along the way at related trends in literacy rates, the growth of new genres and book-related industries over the centuries, and printing revolutions."--"Book News" "Books: A Living History" celebrates the history and magic of the book, from cuneiform tablets to Harry Potter, looking along the way at related trends in literacy rates, the growth of new genres and book-related industries over the centuries, and printing revolutions. "Book News"" Books: A Living History celebrates the history and magic of the book, from cuneiform tablets to Harry Potter, looking along the way at related trends in literacy rates, the growth of new genres and book-related industries over the centuries, and printing revolutions. Book News" A profusion of bibliophilic eye-candy. College & Research Library News" An ambitious, beautifully illustrated work. Choice" An excellent introduction to the history, terminology, and trends in writing and reading books. Fine Books & Collections" "Besides giving us a visual journey of the book as a beautiful, aesthetic object, Lyons also shows how influential the book has been in shaping human history for 2,500 years." Shelf Awareness" "In this sumptuously illustrated history of the book, Lyons covers a millennia of changes, from ancient Mesopotamian carvings to Gutenberg's innovations in printing, through the computer age and the advent of the Internet and e-readers." Publishers Weekly" A profusion of bibliophilic eye-candy. "College & Research Library News"" An ambitious, beautifully illustrated work. "Choice"" An excellent introduction to the history, terminology, and trends in writing and reading books. "Fine Books & Collections"""" "Besides giving us a visual journey of the book as a beautiful, aesthetic object, Lyons also shows how influential the book has been in shaping human history for 2,500 years." "Shelf Awareness"" "In this sumptuously illustrated history of the book, Lyons covers a millennia of changes, from ancient Mesopotamian carvings to Gutenberg's innovations in printing, through the computer age and the advent of the Internet and e-readers." "Publishers Weekly"" "An excellent introduction to the history, terminology, and trends in writing and reading books."--"Fine Books & Collections""" "A profusion of bibliophilic eye-candy."--"College & Research Library News" "An ambitious, beautifully illustrated work."--"Choice"
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About Martyn Lyons

Martyn Lyons is professor of history at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and the author of A History of Reading and Writing in the Western World (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and Reading Culture and Writing Practices in Nineteenth-Century France (University of Toronto Press, 2008).
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278 ratings
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4 40% (110)
3 25% (69)
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