Books as History: The Importance of Books Beyond Their Texts

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British Library, 2008 - Bibliography, Critical - 208 pages
"A material culture study focused on the importance of books as objects and their histories from the Middle Ages to present. Looks beyond content and text of books, to other properties such as printing, binding, annotation, etc. Over 140 full-color illustrations, bibliography for further reading, and index"--Provided by publisher.

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David Pearson's Books as History (first published 2008; revised edition published by the British Library and Oak Knoll Press, 2011) ought to be read by, well, everyone, frankly, but at the very least ... Read full review

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As a non-academic, I really enjoyed David Pearson’s Books As History and am thankful that he chose to write and publish this work. I was one of many who saw books for their text rather than for their being. I also love reading books as opposed to kindles and articles via computer screen, and enjoyed reading David’s evaluations of handwritten comments in books, which I’d previously thought of as defacing books. It was enlightening to learn that depending who and when people write comments in books, can add value to a written text. The printed pictures are beautiful and relevant. Thank you David Pearson for a worthwhile book to add to my collection.
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Contents

BOOKS IN HISTORY
7
BOOKS BEYOND TEXTS 2 7
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INDIVIDUALITY WITHIN MASS PRODUCTION
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