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Books About the History of Publishing
This is but a sampling of books about books and publishing.
Book of Books by
Visual history of Western book design, beginning in 1471 with an edition printed by Nicolas Jenson and concluding with a 2010 design by Irma Boom.
Call Number: Z4 B66 2012
Publication Date: 2012-09-07
Published by the J. Paul Getty Museum, includes chapters about scrolls and other non-codex forms dating from ancient China, Greece, Rome, and Japan as well as traditional texts from Buddhism and the Islamic world.
Call Number: Z4 L95 2011
Publication Date: 2011-10-11
Art of the Book by
Despite critics' claims that technology has dealt a death-blow to the centuries old art form of book making, this volume proves that the bound book is indeed alive and well. A comprehensive guide to printed volumes, featuring not only finished projects but also the techniques and materials of book making, as well as definitions of the terminology.
Call Number: Z246 A775 2015
Publication Date: 2015-04-01
Art of the Book by
Celebrating the marriage of word and image on the written and printed page, The Art of the Book presents rarely examined treasures from the National Art Library at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Featuring a huge range of material spanning six centuries -- including illuminated manuscripts, fine bindings, the classics of children's literature, comic novels, and artists' books, it explores the ways in which books not only transmit information but become works of art in their own right.Thematic sections illustrate the key aspects of book design and production over the ages. With medieval books of hours sitting alongside contemporary paperback novels, the choice of artists, designers, subjects, and authors is wonderfully varied -- from Leonardo da Vinci to Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, Aesop to Charles Dickens, and de Brunhoff's Babar the Elephant to Art Spiegelman's Maus. Strikingly illustrated with 100 colorplates, this absorbing compendium will be of interest to collectors, graphic designers, and booklovers.
Call Number: Z116 A3 A7 2001
Publication Date: 2001
Children's Literature by
Of all types of literature, children's literature is perhaps the best loved, most varied, and most subtly influential. This beautifully illustrated volume traces the history of children's literature in Britain, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, from the earliest printed books to thepresent day. It takes `children's literature' to mean books designed for children, as well as books of childhood, and so embraces everything from religious tracts to multi-media comics, from the `classic' to the unashamedly popular. Associate Editors: Dennis Butts; Ethol Heins; Margaret Kinnell; Tony Watkins Editorial Advisors: Louisa Smith; C. W. Sullivan III Contributors: Gillian Avery; Julia Briggs; Betty Gilderdale; Peter Hollindale; Anne Scott Macleod; Roderick McGillis; Michael Stone; Zena Sutherland
Call Number: NC965 A1 C54 1995
Publication Date: 1995
Addtional Web Resoures
Decentering Whiteness in Design History Resources
Collaborative bibliography meant to help instructors of design history decenter whiteness in their classes
Letterform Online Archive
Collection of digitized documents and artifacts from the Letterform Archive, a nonprofit founded by Rob Saunders in 2015 in San Francisco. The basis of the Archive, some 60,000 objects spanning the history of typography and graphic design, includes periodicals, posters, books, ephemera, typeface specimens, and a reference library.