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The Book-Makers

A History of the Book in 18 Remarkable Lives

Smyth, Adam

The Book-Makers

The Book-Makers

A History of the Book in 18 Remarkable Lives

The Book-Makers

 

A celebration of the printed book, told through the lives of 18 people who took it in radical new directions. ‘Amazing. This book is a soul-expanding celebration of the human spirit’ MARTIN LATHAM ‘Will delight any booklover’ ROLAND ALLAN This is an extraordinary story of skill, craft, mess, cunning, triumph, improvisation, and error.


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A celebration of the printed book, told through the lives of 18 people who took it in radical new directions.

‘Amazing. This book is a soul-expanding celebration of the human spirit’ MARTIN LATHAM
‘Will delight any booklover’ ROLAND ALLAN

This is an extraordinary story of skill, craft, mess, cunning, triumph, improvisation, and error. Of printers and binders, publishers and artists, paper-makers and library founders.

Some we know. We meet jobbing printer (and United States Founding Father) Benjamin Franklin, and watch Thomas Cobden-Sanderson conjure books that flicker between the 20th and 15th centuries. Others we’ve forgotten. We don't recall Sarah Eaves, wife of John Baskerville, and her crucial contribution to the history of type. Nor Charles Edward Mudie, populariser of the circulating library – and the most influential figure in publishing before Jeff Bezos. Nor William Wildgoose, who meticulously bound Shakespeare’s First Folio, then disappeared.

The Book-Makers puts people back into the story of the book. It takes us inside the print-shop as the deadline looms and the adrenaline flows – from the Fleet Street of 1492 to present-day New York. It’s a tale of contingencies and quirks, of successes and failures, of routes forward and paths not taken. This is a history of book-making that leaves ink on your fingers, and shows why the printed book will continue to flourish.

‘Evocative and fascinating’ EMMA SMITH
‘A brilliant time machine of a book’ JOSEPH HONE


ISBN
9781847926296
Pagina's
352
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NUR
681
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Hardback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
Bodley Head