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A Living History

By Martyn Lyons

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. The author traces the evolution of the book from the rarefied world of the hand-copied and illuminated volume in ancient and medieval times, through the revolutionary impact of Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press, to the rise of a publishing culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the subsequent impact of new technologies on this culture.  

Many of the great individual titles of the past two millennia are discussed as well as the range of book types and formats that have emerged in the last few hundred years, from serial and dime novels to paperbacks, children’s books, and Japanese manga. The volume ends with a discussion of the digital revolution in book production and distribution and the ramifications for book lovers, who can’t help but wonder whether the book will thrive—or even survive—in a form they recognize.




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Format: Book
Author: Lyons, Martyn
Title: Books : a living history / Martyn Lyons.
Publisher Date: Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011.
Subject: Books -- History Printing -- History Books and reading -- History
Isbn: 160606083X 9781606060834
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Call Number: 002.09 Lyo
Oclc: 9757411
Bib Id: 373246

Format: Book
Author: Lyons, Martyn
Title: Books : a living history / Martyn Lyons.
Publisher, Date: Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum, 2011.
Description: 224 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 27 cm.
Subjects: Books -- History
Subjects: Printing -- History
Subjects: Books and reading -- History
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: Ancient and medieval worlds -- The new culture of print -- Enlightenment and the masses -- The publisher arrives -- Knowledge for all.
LCCN: 2011008936
ISBN: 160606083X
ISBN: 9781606060834
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Available Copies: 0
Total Copies: 1
Call Number: 002.09 Lyo