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The Book Before Printing: Ancient, Medieval and Oriental

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Publisher Comments:

"A remarkable work. . . . For sheer weight of information there is no equal to it."—The Spectator.

It is probable that the earliest "books" were written on wood or leaves as early as the fourth millennium B.C. These fragile materials, unfortunately, have not come down to us. In their absence, the earliest surviving books are the clay tablets of Mesopotamia, the oldest attributed to c. 3500 B.C. On these ancient clay shards, dense rows of cuneiform script record the seminal writings of mankind: the Gilgamesh epic, Sumerian literary catalogues, Babylonian astrology, Assyrian accounts of the Creation and the Flood, and the Lipit-Ishtar Law-Code (c. 2000 B.C.), predating Hammurabi and the oldest law code in human history.

Probably as ancient as the Mesopotamian writings, or nearly so, are Egyptian hieroglyphics. In a sense, it is the papyrus scrolls of the Egyptians—preserved by that country's hot, dry climate—that represent the true ancestors of the modern book. As the centuries passed, papyrus slowly gave way to parchment (the prepared skins of animals) as writing material. Indeed, the handwritten parchment or vellum codex is "the book" par excellence of the Middle Ages. Western European book production is only part of the story, and the author is at pains to illuminate the bibliographic contributions of numerous peoples and cultures: Greek and Roman book production, books made in central and southern Asia, the books of Africa, pre-Columbian America, and the Far East—material that is often not mentioned in Western histories of the book.

Based on years of painstaking research and incorporating a wealth of new material and conclusions, the text is enhanced throughout by abundant illustrations—nearly 200 photographic facsimiles of priceless manuscripts in museums and libraries around the world.

Dover (1982) unabridged republication of The Hand Produced Book, 1953.

Synopsis:

Rare and priceless manuscripts from museums around the world, depicted in nearly 200 photographic facsimiles, include ancient sources of Greece and Rome, Africa, pre-Columbian America, the Far East, and Europe.

Synopsis:

An exploration of rare and priceless manuscripts from museums around the world, this survey features nearly 200 photographic facsimiles that depict ancestors of the modern book. Contributions from numerous people and cultures include ancient sources of Greece and Rome, central and southern Asia, Africa, pre-Columbian America, the Far East, and Europe.

Synopsis:

Rich authoritative study of the book before Gutenberg. Nearly 200 photographic facsimiles of priceless documents. Comprehensive.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486242439
Author:
Diringer, David
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Books
Subject:
Vocational education and industrial arts
Subject:
Publishing
Subject:
Publishers and publishing
Subject:
Printing, publishing and allied trades
Subject:
Calligraphy
Subject:
Literature, ancient
Subject:
Transmission of texts
Subject:
Manuscripts, Medieval.
Subject:
Manuscripts, Oriental.
Subject:
Manuscripts, Oriental -- History.
Subject:
Techniques - Calligraphy
Subject:
Manuscripts, Medieval -- History.
Subject:
earliest books
Subject:
history of book printing
Subject:
ancient books
Subject:
World History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Lettering, Calligraphy, Typography
Series Volume:
no. 130
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 1.36 lb

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Product details 624 pages Dover Publications - English 9780486242439 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by ,
Rare and priceless manuscripts from museums around the world, depicted in nearly 200 photographic facsimiles, include ancient sources of Greece and Rome, Africa, pre-Columbian America, the Far East, and Europe.
"Synopsis" by ,
An exploration of rare and priceless manuscripts from museums around the world, this survey features nearly 200 photographic facsimiles that depict ancestors of the modern book. Contributions from numerous people and cultures include ancient sources of Greece and Rome, central and southern Asia, Africa, pre-Columbian America, the Far East, and Europe.
"Synopsis" by ,
Rich authoritative study of the book before Gutenberg. Nearly 200 photographic facsimiles of priceless documents. Comprehensive.
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