THE REACH OF PRINT, MAKING, SELLING AND USING BOOKS.
Isaac, Peter and Barry McKay (editors).
First edition. Second volume of the series PRINT NETWORKS. More than a century has passed since W. H. Allnut's paper on provincial printing was presented at the meeting of the Library Association in 1878. This topic has now moved to the forefront of investigating the history of the book. The annual Seminar on the British Book Trade has been steadily developing the depth and breadth of its interests, encompassing the contemporary social, economic, educational, and cultural climates in which booksellers, printers, and their fellows operated.
Even today, few booksellers can support themselves solely by the sale of books. In the earlier days, this was even more true, and so they engaged in a wide range of trades, including selling stationery, printing, and the sale of nostrums. Newspapers were also important sources of income, since their distribution networks were essential to the proprietors' survival. For much of the population, street literature was particularly significant. Two aspects of these ephemera - their contribution to the "oral tradition," and their crude illustrations - are explored here. The last three papers deal with the fact that we have so much printed matter to study is partly due to predecessors who formed libraries for their own use or for a wider readership. All these themes and more are included and explored in this work.
More On This Subject - -
> OAK KNOLL PRESS
> BOOK SELLING
> PRINTING HISTORY
> UNITED KINGDOM
> PRINT NETWORKS SERIES
> UNITED STATES
Books of related interests - -
> Isaac, Peter and Barry McKay (editors)., THE MIGHTY ENGINE: THE PRINTING PRESS AND ITS IMPACT.
> Myers, Robin, STATIONERS' COMPANY ARCHIVE, AN ACCOUNT OF THE RECORDS 1554-1984.
WHERE THE CROSSING HAPPENS.
Limited to 38 numbered copies. Where the Crossing Happens. Compiled and edited by Peter and Donna Thomas. A portfolio of 13 broadsides with words or poems from poets in residence at the fourth session of Naropa Universitys Summer Writers Workshop in 2008, printed by Peter and Donna Thomas and their students at the Universitys Press during the Thomass class The Word Made Flesh (well actually paper).
The dowel spine portfolio binding (developed by the Thomases and described in their book More Making Books by Hand) is decorated with a unique acrylic print (made indirectly from metal type) measures 6.75 tall by 5.25 wide. The binding has two pockets holding 15 letterpress printed broadsides (13 signed by poets, one title page, one colophon signed by all printers). 32 letterpress printed in different type faces on a differently colored sheets of Canson Mi Tientes Paper. Six copies on Peter Thomas's handmade paper.
Poets included in collection: Sawako Nakayasu, Ilya Kaminsky, Rikki Ducornet, Forrest Gander, Anna Moschovakis, Bob Holman, Anne Tardos, Dodie Belllamy, Steven Taylor, Brian Evenson, Kevin Killian, Raymond Federman, Pierre Joris.