Title Information

A Companion to the History of the Book

Edited by: Simon Eliot and Jonathan Rose
eISBN: 9781405127653
Print publication date: 2007


Subject History, Literature

Key-Topics history of the book and printing

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405127653.2007.x

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A Companion to the History of the Book

From the early Sumerian clay tablet through to the emergence of the electronic text, this Companion provides a continuous and coherent account of the history of the book. A team of expert contributors draws on the latest research in order to offer a cogent, transcontinental narrative. Many of them use illustrative examples and case studies of well-known texts, conveying the excitement surrounding this rapidly developing field.

The Companion is organized around four distinct approaches to the history of the book. First, it introduces the variety of methods used by book historians and allied specialists, from the long-established discipline of bibliography to newer IT-based approaches. Next, it provides a broad chronological survey of the forms and content of texts. The third section situates the book in the context of text culture as a whole, while the final section addresses broader issues, such as literacy, copyright, and the future of the book.

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Eliot, Simon and Jonathan Rose (eds). A Companion to the History of the Book. Blackwell Publishing, 2007. Blackwell Reference Online. 27 February 2017 <http://www.blackwellreference.com/public/book.html?id=g9781405127653_9781405127653>



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