Books as History by David Pearson

Books as History

David Pearson
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  • ISBN
    9780712358323 / 0712358323
  • Title Books as History
  • Author David Pearson
  • Category Publishing Industry
    Social & Cultural History
  • Format
    Paperback
  • Year 2011
  • Pages 208
  • Publisher
    The British Library Publishing Division
  • Imprint The British Library Publishing Division
  • Language English
  • Dimensions 189mm x 246mm

Annotation

People usually think of books in terms of their contents, their texts, with less thought for books as artefacts. In fact books may possess all kinds of potentially interesting qualities beyond their texts. This text explores books from the Middle Ages to the present day to show why books may be interesting beyond their texts.

Publisher Description

People usually think of books in terms of their contents, their texts, with less thought for books as artefacts. In fact books may possess all kinds of potentially interesting qualities beyond their texts, as designed or artistic objects, or because they have unique properties deriving from the ways they have been printed, bound, annotated, beautified or defaced. This text explores books from the Middle Ages to the present day to show why books may be interesting beyond their texts. Books can develop their own individual histories, which provide important evidence about the way they were used and regarded in the past, and which make them an indispensable part of the fabric of our cultural heritage. This book will raise awareness of an important aspect of the life of books in the context of the ongoing debate about their future. Extensively illustrated with a wide range of images, this book is not only approachable but also thought-provoking.

Author Biography

David Pearson is Director of the University of London Research Library Services, with extensive experience of managing and working in major research collections. He is also a respected scholar in the field of book history, whose articles and books (including Provenance research in book history, 1994, Oxford bookbinding 1500-1640, 2000, and English bookbinding styles 1450-1800: a handbook, 2005) have focussed on various aspects of the ownership and binding of books.

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