Dahl's History of the Book

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Scarecrow Press, Jan 1, 1995 - Antiques & Collectibles - 309 pages
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From cave paintings to computers, this overview of the history of books and communication is written for the layperson and student. It provides clear information on how books shaped and reflected major social, political, and literary developments. As a general guide, it moves from the earliest writing in the Middle East and Egypt to Greece, Rome, and early Christian contributions to book production and literacy. Major sections discuss publishing during the Middle Ages and how the invention of printing drastically changed and improved the distribution of knowledge. Later chapters take the reader from the age of encyclopedias in the seventeenth century to the great technological advances of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. For those who wish to pursue specific areas in the history of the book in greater detail, there are three parts devoted to additional reading with descriptive, critical annotations: general histories and bibliographies, scribes and printers, and printing to the modern period. Extensive notes and documentation will lead to additional sources.
  

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Contents

THE POWER OF THE SCRIBES
1
THE BEGINNING
4
WRITING SYSTEMS
6
THE ALPHABETS
7
CUNEIFORM AND HIEROGLYPHICS
10
HIEROGLYPHICS
12
CUNEIFORM DECIPHERED
14
SPREAD OF PAPYRUS
15
SPREAD OF PRINTING
147
TYPEFACES AND TITLE PAGES
149
KOBERGER AND ALDUS
151
DEVELOPMENT OF PRINTING IN OTHER COUNTRIES
156
GROWTH OF THE VERNACULAR
157
PRINTER TO PUBLISHER
159
PLANTIN OF THE NETHERLANDS
160
TRANSMISSION OF TEXTS
162

THE EDUCATION OF THE SCRIBES
17
LIBRARIES
19
EGYPTIAN LIBRARIES
20
THE USE OF WRITING
21
EGYPTIAN LITERATURE
23
THE BOOK OF THE DEAD
24
TRANSMISSION OF TEXTS
26
THE BIBLETHE OLD TESTAMENT
27
BEYOND THE NEAR EAST
30
NOTES
31
GREECE THE CLASSICAL HERITAGE
38
LITERACY AMONG GREEKS
39
WRITING VS MEMORY
41
THE BEGINNINGS OF GREEK LITERATURE
43
THE EDUCATED GREEK
45
THE BOOK TRADE
46
WRITING PRACTICES
47
LIBRARIES
49
THE LIBRARY AT ALEXANDRIA
50
OTHER LIBRARIES
53
TRANSMISSION OF GREEK TEXTS
55
ILLUSTRATIONS
56
NOTES
58
THE ROMANS TO EARLY CHRISTIANS
62
ROMAN EDUCATION AND LITERACY
63
ROMAN LITERATURE
66
PUBLISHING
67
ROLL TO CODEX
69
PARCHMENT REPLACES PAPYRUS
70
LATIN SCRIPT
72
LIBRARIES
74
PUBLIC LIBRARIES
77
SCHOLARLY AND ARCHIVAL LIBRARIES
78
TEXT TRANSMISSION
80
NOTES
81
THE DARK AGES
85
RISE OF MONASTIC COMMUNITIES
86
DEVELOPMENT OF SCRIPTORIUMS
87
PREPARATION AND PUBLICATION OF MANUSCRIPTS
89
IRISHENGLISH CONTRIBUTIONS
94
MONASTIC LIBRARIES
96
ISLAMIC CONTRIBUTIONS
99
END OF THE DARK AGES
100
TRANSMISSION OF TEXTS
101
NOTES
102
MIDDLE AGES TO THE RENAISSANCE
106
THE RISE OF THE UNIVERSITY
107
BOOK PUBLISHING
108
SECULAR PUBLISHING
109
SCRIPT DEVELOPMENTS
111
ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPTS
113
SCHOOLS OF ILLUMINATION
117
BOOK OF HOURS
120
EARLY MEDIEVAL BOOKBINDING
121
MEDIEVAL LITERACY
124
LIBRARIES
127
LITERARY CULTURE
129
BEGINNINGS OF THE RENAISSANCE
130
NOTES
132
PRINTING AND THE RENAISSANCE
136
PRINTING APPEARS
138
PRINTING BASICS
139
GUTENBERG AND COMPANY
141
AFTER THE BIBLE
145
DISTRIBUTION AND PUBLISHING
165
LITERACY
166
LIBRARIES AFTER PRINTING
167
PRINTED BOOK ILLUSTRATION
169
BOOKBINDING
175
EVOLUTION AND REVOLUTION
179
NOTES
180
PUBLISHING SEVENTEENTH AND EIGHTEENTH CENTURIES
185
INDIVIDUAL PUBLISHERS
186
AGE OF ENCYCLOPEDIAS
187
READERS AND LITERACY
190
PERIODICAL PRESS
191
PUBLISHING CHANGES
192
THE STATIONERS COMPANY
193
PRINTING DEVELOPMENTS
194
PRIVATE PRESS
195
COMMERCIAL PUBLISHERS
197
PRINTING IN THE AMERICAS
201
LIBRARIES
202
ILLUSTRATION
204
SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL ILLUSTRATION
205
THE GENERAL BOOK
206
MAPS
207
FRENCH ILLUSTRATIONS
208
ENGLISH AND AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION
209
BOOKBINDINGS
210
EX LIBRIS
211
NOTES
212
THE GREAT LEAP FORWARD PRINTING AND PUBLISHING FROM 1800 TO 1920
216
TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCES
217
MASS MEDIA IS BORN
218
PUBLISHERS
219
GROWTH OF THE READING PUBLIC
220
ILLUSTRATION
222
ILLUSTRATORS
226
AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION
228
PRIVATE PRESS
229
PUBLISHING IN AMERICA
235
LIBRARIES
236
PUBLIC LIBRARIES
237
COLLECTORS
238
BINDING
240
NOTES
241
THE TWENTIETH CENTURY AND BEYOND
246
ENTER THE COMPUTER
247
AUTHORPUBLISHER
248
PUBLISHING CHANGES
249
CONGLOMERATE PROBLEMS
251
SMALL PRESS AND DESKTOP PUBLISHING
252
PHOTOCOPYING
253
COPYRIGHT
254
READING PUBLIC
255
LIBRARIES
256
BOOKSTORES
258
ILLUSTRATION
260
BINDING
261
THE DEATH OF THE BOOK?
265
NOTES
266
ADDED READING
269
B SCRIBES TO PRINTERS
273
C GUTENBERG TO THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY
279
INDEX
285
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
310
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Bill Katz, Professor, School of Information Science & Policy, SUNY-Albany, has written and edited numerous works on reference materials.

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