The Surface of Meaning: Books and Book Design in Canada

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CCSP Press, 2008 - Design - 239 pages
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In this fascinating study, Robert Bringhurst takes readers on a walking tour through the bramble of book design, from the mid-18th century to the present day. Along the way, he discovers a true "image trove” of identity, culture, and history. Transcending other works on the subject, Bringhurst here creates a truly national survey by bringing Canada’s long history of aboriginal storytelling into a context of "book” -- a context that goes far beyond the printed page.

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Contents

Acknowledgements
9
THE ECHO OF TANGIBILITY
47
STILLS FROM THE TYPOGRAPHIC MOVIE
93
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

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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