A Short History of the Printed Word, Part 4

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Hartley & Marks Publishers, 1999 - Art - 313 pages
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This classic book will inform the layman and delight the typophile. Here is the history of printing from the earliest alphabets, through the evolution of the printing press, the contributions of great printers and typographers, and twentieth century graphic technology. A new chapter by Robert Bringhurst takes up this short history where Chappell leaves off, covering the most recent developments in the printed word. Over 200 illustrations, appear throughout this lively narrative.

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User Review  - zerol8on - LibraryThing

a concise review of the history of printing, from the incunables to modern day. goes very quickly, often listing names in passing, so that if the particular era interets the reader, try have a place to start continuing research. overall, a satisfying experience. Read full review

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User Review  - Deborah - Goodreads

Excellent Book on the history of books, paper, and printing. This was the text used during my History of Books and Printing class in Grad School and it is so informational in a very readable and ... Read full review

About the author (1999)

Chappell, calligrapher, type designer, illustrator, and writer of typographic essays and children's books, was born in Virginia.

Robert Bringhurst was born October 16, 1946, in the ghetto of South Central Los Angeles and raised in the mountain and desert country of Alberta, Montana, Utah, Wyoming and British Columbia. He spent ten years as an undergraduate, studying physics, architecture and linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, philosophy and oriental languages at the University of Utah, and comparative literature at Indiana University, which gave him a Bachelor of Arts in 1973. He had published two books of poems before entering the writing program at the University of British Columbia, which awarded him an MFA in 1975. From 1977 to 1980 he taught writing and English literature at UBC, and after that, made his living as a typographer. He has also been poet-in-residence and writer-in-residence at several universities in North America and Europe. His book, The Elements of Typographic Style is considered a standard text in its field, and Black Canoe is one of the classics in the field of Native American art history. He received the Macmillan Prize for Poetry in 1975.

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