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The Smithsonian Book of Books (1992)

by Michael Olmert

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    An Odyssey in Print: Adventures in the Smithsonian Libraries by Mary Augusta Thomas (lilithcat)
    lilithcat: Another book filled with bibliographic treasures from the Smithsonian.
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A creditable review of book making over the centuries. Great illustrations and photos. ( )
  2wonderY | Jul 15, 2013 |
A fascinating look at the history of books and book printing. Outstanding commentary with beautiful pictures and illustrations throughout! A must have for bibliophiles. ( )
  AmanteLibros | Sep 13, 2012 |
This is a coffee table type book--oversized and lavishily illustrated. It provides an overview or intro to the history ob books. There is some informtion about the history of printing and the role of books in society. No bibliography or foortnotes are included. ( )
  EssFair | Nov 9, 2008 |
A beautiful and sumptuous reference collection, covering the history of the book as represented in the Smithsonian collection. A lovely and well-annotated book. ( )
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"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.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 089599030X, Hardcover)

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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