Dahl's History Of The Book / Edition 3

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From cave paintings to computers, this overview of the history of books and communication is written for the layperson and student. It provides clear information on how books shaped and reflected major social, political, and literary developments. As a general guide, it moves from the earliest writing in the Middle East and Egypt to Greece, Rome, and early Christian contributions to book production and literacy. Major sections discuss publishing during the Middle Ages and how the invention of printing drastically changed and improved the distribution of knowledge. Later chapters take the reader from the age of encyclopedias in the seventeenth century to the great technological advances of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. For those who wish to pursue specific areas in the history of the book in greater detail, there are three parts devoted to additional reading with descriptive, critical annotations: general histories and bibliographies, scribes and printers, and printing to the modern period. Extensive notes and documentation will lead to additional sources.

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Editorial Reviews

Bill Katz...has rewritten Dahl's work with fluid rhetoric...Katz has integrated the voices of current authorities on the subject of the history of the book in order to bring this third edition up to date...very perusable...has a large potential audience for those with even the mildest fascination for the history of the book.
Jal Guide To Professional Literature
...overview of the history of books and communications...written for the layperson and student.
Throughout the volume the evolution of book and archival material repositories is illustrated with examples of significant libraries from different historical periods and geographical regions.
Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarianship
...Katz's work offers the neophyte a handy guide to the terrain.
An overview of the history of books and communication, exploring how books have shaped and reflected social, political, and literary developments, with sections on writing in the Middle East and Egypt, classical Greece and Rome, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, printing and publishing, and the twentieth century. Includes three annotated bibliographies, plus b&w illustrations. This third edition discusses the impact of the computer revolution. Of interest to students and general readers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810828520
  • Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Series: History of the Book Series , #2
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 330
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Katz, Professor, School of Information Science & Policy, SUNY-Albany, has written and edited numerous works on reference materials.

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Table of Contents

I The Power of the Scribes 1
II Greece: The Classical Heritage 38
III The Romans To Early Christians 62
IV The Dark Ages 85
V Middle Ages to the Renaissance 106
VI Printing and The Renaissance 136
VII Publishing: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries 185
VIII The Great Leap Forward: Printing and Publishing from 1800 to 1920 216
IX The Twentieth Century and Beyond 246
Added Reading A. General Histories and Bibliographies 269
Added Reading B. Scribes to Printers 273
Added Reading C. Gutenberg to the Twenty-first Century 279
Index 285
About the Author 310
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