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Another recently published book: Millennium of the Book, Production, Design and Illustration in Manuscript and Print 900-1900



Another recently published book by Oak Knoll, previously unannounced on 
Book arts-l. For more information to order, please reply to Oak Knoll Books at 
oakknoll@ssnet.com:

Millennium of the Book: 
Production, Design and Illustration in Manuscript and Print 900-1900
Robin Myers and Michael Harris
Hardback, 192 pages, 1995. Distributed by Oak Knoll in North & South America 
only.
Price $30.00
Order No. 40611

Here is a substantial summary of what "Millennium of the Book" contains and 
who the contributors are:

In this collection of essays, leading scholars investigate the ways in which 
the book as a physical artifact developed over ten centuries. In many 
respects, it is a story of impressive continuity. The essays cover how the 
development of printing has affected specific aspects of book and manuscript 
design, illustration, bookbinding, paper production and typography.

With the manuscript as with the printed book, the status of the text and the 
use to which it was to be put determined the design treatment and the format, 
scale and quality of the product. Scribes in Anglo-Saxon times can be seen to 
have been making decisions made by their counterparts in commercial publishing 
houses a thousand years later.

However, it is shown that after an initial period of overlap between 
manuscript and print there was a radical shift in form and design, as 
producers competed in a widening market and as production was transformed by 
mechanization. Illustration was no longer just for luxury books but became an 
essential element in publications aimed at the middling levels of society, and 
new ideas about the presentation of pictures integrated with text resulted. 

There were also commercial challenges to the workers in traditional crafts, 
particularly bookbinding, who were forced to adapt their practices to reduce 
cost and increase flexibility, whilst papermakers had to introduce 
fundamentally different products in order to meet huge increases in demand.

By 1900, the interaction of market and industrial production methods had led 
inevitably to substantial diversification in the form and, arguably, an 
overall reduction in the quality of the book as a product.

Contributors to this book are David Alexander, collector and specialist in 
18th-century engraving; Nicolas Barker, adviser to National Trust libraries,
book historian, typographer and editor of The Book Collector; George Mandl,
chairman of International Paper Historians and third generation paper maker;
Linda Nix, a research student specializing in the format and layout of
Anglo-Saxon books; Nicholas Pickwoad, chief conservator at Harvard University
Library and bookbinding historian; Margaret M. Smith, lecturer at the
Department of Typography and Graphic Communication at the University of
Reading and Michael Twyman, Professor of Typography & Graphic Communication at
the University of Reading.


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