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Books, & the printed word more generally, are aspects of modern life that are all too often taken for granted. Yet the emergence of the book was a process of immense historical importance & heralded the dawning of the epoch of modernity. In this much praised history of that process, Lucien Febvre & Henri-Jean Martin mesh together economic and technological hist ...more
Paperback, 378 pages
Published April 17th 1997 by Verso (London/NYC) (first published 1958)
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An oldie from grad school. It contains my favorite piece of trivia ever: "It was not until the 18th century that the efforts of Fournier and Didot forced the adoption of a definite standard of measurement, the points system, the 'point' being 144th the size of the king's foot. This is the unit of measurement used in typography to this day."
If you want to know about the beginning of books this scholarly work is for you. The author talks about the beginning of paper, the beginning of print and fonts, the way books were marketed and oh so much more. The book is a little dry and leans toward the French view of things but after reading it you will know how books began.
I'd read on subjects as insipid as the history of corn dogs if brilliant writers like Febvre chose to tackle them. Luckily, the Annales boys had their priorities in line. Probably the best written and compelling book/printing history I've read.
Ex Libris
The classic account of the amazingly rapid spread of printing in Europe. Technical in places, and pedantic in others, yet for the most part quite readable and well worth it. A must read for students of European history.
Oct 24, 2008 Rebecca marked it as to-read
The little bit I read for a paper convinced me to buy this. A through examination of the factors that lead to the rise of the printed codex we consider the standard "book." Everything from paper production to trade routes.
This is an exhaustively researched compendium of minutiae from which a compelling narrative might someday be crafted. "The coming of the book" indeed--I still await it.
This is a pretty well-known, seminal work about the history of printing. Unfortunately, some parts were a bit beyond my realm of comprehension. Plus I thought the font (Garamond) was too small.
Vip Vinyaratn
I've seen this book cited many times in Benedic Anerson's Imagined Communities, so I thought it should be interesting. and the writer's names are very appealing, of course...
Nov 20, 2008 Jesus added it
Recommended to Jesus by: Henri Jean-Martin
Some early paper mills were situated in limestone regions because this is where rivers originated and the millers sought clean water.
Dec 28, 2007 removed2011 rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone with an interest in Print History
While at times a little too dry, it's been an interesting insight into the origins and evolution of Print in Europe.
Brings the magic of reading down to earth, illuminating our transition into the digital age of reading.
Lane Wilkinson
The seminal text in the history of books, publishing, and printing.
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Lucien Paul Victor Febvre was a French historian best known for the role he played in establishing the Annales School of history.
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