THE BOOK ON THE BOOKSHELF. Henry Petroski.

THE BOOK ON THE BOOKSHELF.

  • New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1999.
  • 8vo.
  • paper-covered boards, dust jacket.
  • x, 290, (2)
  • ISBN: 0375406492

Price: $8.00  other currencies

Order Nr. 72679

First Edition. The ways in which the housing of books evolved, from the scroll, to the codex, to the volume we are used to. The author takes us into the pre-Gutenberg world, where books were so scarce they were chained to lecturns for security. He explains how the printing press not only changed the way books were made and shelved, but increased their availablity and made readers into books owners and collectors. Chapters on Books and Bookshops, Bookstack Engineering, Shelves that Move, etc. With 67 illustrations, bibliography, and index. Remainder mark on top edge of pages.