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The Coming of the Book: The Impact of Printing 1450-1800

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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 & technological hi ...more
Paperback, 378 pages
Published April 17th 1997 by Verso (London/NYC) (first published 1958)
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Soobie's heartbroken
Uhm, ho recuperato dalla biblio l'edizione del 1985 e mi sono scontrata con l'introduzione di Petrucci. Non sono una studiosa di bibliologia o altro; son solo curiosa. E leggendo l'intro mi prudevano le manine.

Eh sì, vogliamo portare in italiano un testo chiave della materia però gli autori francesi (cattivoni!) non hanno parlato molto dell'Italia. Quindi ecco 43 pagine di introduzione da parte di Petrucci, che ha uno stile molto complesso, purtroppo. E poi, visto che il lavoro del duo Febvre-Ma
Apr 21, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it
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."
Dec 21, 2011 Bill rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 21, 2008 Jon rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 02, 2011 Ex Libris rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 02, 2014 Rachel rated it it was ok
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.
Mar 20, 2008 Pita-eater rated it liked it
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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.
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Nov 04, 2008 Vip Vinyaratn rated it it was amazing
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...
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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 really liked it
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.
Dec 23, 2010 Brad rated it it was amazing
Brings the magic of reading down to earth, illuminating our transition into the digital age of reading.
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Jan 04, 2008 Lane Wilkinson rated it it was amazing
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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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