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Hellmut Lehmann-Haupt
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The Book in America: A History of the Making and Selling of Book in the United States

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Hardcover, 493 pages
Published 1952 by R.R. Bowker Company (first published 1939)
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David
Aug 24, 2009 David rated it really liked it
This is an incredibly dense and quite informative history of the book in America. It can be overwhelming at times (Lehmann-Haupt loves to use "typical" examples that stretch on for pages and sometimes read like the "begat" sections of the Old Testament), but is generally recognized at the most authoritative work on the subject in a single volume. For information on book history after 1952, look elsewhere.
Kristen Stieffel
Jul 05, 2014 Kristen Stieffel rated it really liked it
This book is very dense and scholarly, but it contains some fascinating information about the early days of printing and bookbinding in the US and the development of 20th century publishing. Occasionally gets mired in statistics, but still contains some great anecdotes and observations.
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Apr 04, 2013 Carolle rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book for book history. A must read, though it is best to read the 1952 edition.
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