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Re: Another recently published book: Millennium of the Book, Production,



Design and Illustration in Manuscript and Print 900-1900@ 

Will forward it to Chris Petter (we split the Z's and he is handling books
and publishing et al and I am just doing Library Science) Will also forward
to Donna because I am not sure who will be handling Chris' collection
responsibilities while he is on study leave.

>Betty  This looks like a desirable addition, if and when you have the money.
>                                                                    Jean
>----------------------------Original message----------------------------
>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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