A Short History of the Printed Word

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David R. Godine Publisher, 1980 - Literary Criticism - 244 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  - 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

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User Review  - Lewis Weinstein - Goodreads

This well-written history was a quite useful source for me when writing my first novel, THE HERETIC, where my Jewish converso characters meet with Gutenberg, learn how to make a printing press and type, and become the earliest printers in 15th century Spain. The Heretic Read full review

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