"BOOKS! BOOKS! BOOKS! We'll get fat on BOOKS?" asked the nagging wife of the medieval scribe in a cartoon that appeared in a 1983 edition of the London Times the day after Sotheby's sold the 12th-century Gospels of Henry the Lion for L8,140,000.
Through more than 300 glorious illustrations from library collections around the globe, you'll discover a wealth of book lore in these pages and gain a new appreciation for the role of books in human society, from our earliest attempts at writing and recording information to the newest electronic books; from sumptuous illuminated and bejeweled medieval manuscripts to Gutenberg and the invention of movable type; from the diverse arts and crafts of bookmaking to the building of magnificent libraries for housing treasured volumes; from the ancient epic of Gilgamesh to the plays of Shakespeare and the tales of Beatrix Potter; and from the earliest illustrated books to revolutionary science texts.
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