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A History of the Book in 100 Books (hardback)

Published Date:
October 2014
The British Library
Bibliographic Details:
Hardback, 284 pages, 254 x 203mm
Roderick Cave and Sara Ayad
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From inscriptions on tombs to the first writings on papyrus; from scrolls to the first bound codex books in Roman times; from exclusive and expensive hand-scribed books to the creation of movable type and the invention of printing for the masses; and from the printed book to the digital book, the e-book reader and beyond – discover The History of the Book in 100 Books.

The 100 books originate from around the world and cover subjects as diverse as religion, science, crime, travel and fashion. Classic examples, such as Gutenberg’s 42-Line Bible and the Book of Kells, are included alongside less well-known titles that have been selected to represent a stage in the history of book production or because of their content or impact. Each entry is placed inits specific historical context and includes connections to books across cultures and periods of time.

Illustrated with lavish photography of the most treasured artefacts from the world’s historic collections, this book is a visual delight as well as a fascinating journey through mankind’s 5,000-year quest to communicate ideas and knowledge.

About the authors
Roderick Cave is a printing historian and former library educator. His books include The Private Press and Impressions of Nature: A History of Nature Printing (British Library, 2010).

Sara Ayad is an art historian and picture researcher, with a special interest in book history.

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