The Book of Books

The Book of Books

500 Years of Graphic Innovation

Book - 2012
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Baker & Taylor
Describes the developments in book design and typography through profiles of notable printers, artists, and styles such as the Elseviers, William Morris, Swiss typography, Irma Boom, and Joost Grootens.

Norton Pub
A profusely illustrated visual history of the printed book, from bibles to children’s books to modern photography collections, that will delight and inform bibliophiles everywhere.
Since the fifteenth century, the printed book has been an essential carrier of information. And, for more than five hundred years, there have been designers, printers, and publishers who have extended the boundaries of their professions aesthetically and technically, producing books that are masterpieces of graphic art.This sumptuous collection tells the history of the printed book through milestone publications and little-known treasures of the art of the book. The noted originators range from Jenson and Bellaert in the fifteenth century through Piranesi, Bodoni, and Bewick to Morris, Gill, Tschichold, and Birdsall in the modern age. The featured publications include The Nuremberg Chronicle from 1493—a masterpiece of integrated text and illustration; Maria Sibylla Merian’s book of insects from 1719; Muybridge’s 1887 Animal Locomotion; a photomontage book by John Heartfield published in 1929; and a 1937 edition of The Frogs by Aristophanes, produced by the Limited Editions Club of New York.

Book News
This beautifully designed book presents selections from the Special Collections of the Amsterdam University Library where editor Mathieu Lommen is curator. He provides a brief overview of the history of the book, of book design, and of the origins of the University Library, concluding: "The future of the printed book lies in its qualities as a physical object." Like many readers and designers, he feels that the tactile qualities of paper and the many ways books can be constructed and finished will continue to attract fans. This lavish presentation is oversize (9.5x13"), affording generous visual display. The earliest work is from 1471, and the most recent 2010 (so readers see more than the 500 years promised in the title); and the range of genres includes reference works, works of art, picture books, collector's items, and low-priced paperbacks. Each book's genesis and printing and design stories are told in text accompanying cover and page reproductions. Annotation ©2012 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : Thames & Hudson, c2012
Description: 463 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 33 cm
ISBN: 9780500515914
Branch Call Number: 002.09 Boo


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