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

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  • 9 of 9 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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0 current holds with 9 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Greenwood PL - Greenwood 002.09 HOU (Text) 36626103766150 Adult Nonfiction Available -
Huntingburg PL - Huntingburg 002.09 HOU (Text) 39970001028074 NF Available -
Lebanon PL - Lebanon 002.09 HOU (Text) 34330512970584 Adult - Non-Fiction Available -
Morgan Co PL - Martinsville Main Library 002.09 HOU (Text) 78551000527669 Non-Fiction Available -
Peabody PL - Columbia City NON-FICTION 002.09 HOUSTON (Text) 30403002190650 Adult - Non-Fiction Available -
Plainfield-Guilford Twp PL - Plainfield 002.09 Houston (Text) 31208912483577 non-fiction Available -
Shelby Co PL - Shelbyville Main Library 002.09 Hou (Text) 78731000495277 B&T Available -
Washington Carnegie PL - Main 002.09 (Text) 21401000756366 Adult Hardback Shelves Available -
Zionsville PL - Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Branch 002.09 HOUSTON (Text) 33946003139115 Nonfiction . 2nd Floor Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780393244793
  • ISBN: 0393244792
  • Physical Description: xvii, 428 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2016]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 335-401) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: 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.
Summary, etc.: 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.
Subject: Books > History.
Printing > History.
Paper > History.
Illustration of books > History.

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