Titel: A Book Is Made for You.
Verlag: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd, London, first edition, 1970
Einband: Soft cover
Illustrated laminated wrappers, 8vo, 20 cm, 144 pp, 8 plates, ills, facs. From the blurb: "Havercroft traces the origin and history of books from the earliest days when men's thoughts were recorded by hand on papyrus, stone, wood, vellum, and other materials, to the photo-mechanical typesetting of today. In doing so he follows the growth of printing through its various stages, giving brief biographies of Gutenberg, Caxton, Plantin, and other pioneers, right up to the engineering marvels of present-day printing plants. A chapter describes the invention of paper by the Chinese in about A.D. 105, its arrival in Europe via the Middle East at the end of the eighth century, and its gradual acceptance and use during the Middle Ages, until its manufacture in Britain in 1490. Further space is devoted to the developments in paper-making that followed the invention of the rag- engine or hollander, a machine for the rendering of rags into pulp. Wood pulp papers and esparto grass papers are also dealt with in sufficient detail to explain their manufacturing processes and special uses in printing. The author discusses the modern book - how it is produced, published, and distributed. There are fascinating glimpses of the publisher at work: selecting MSS., preparing them for press, and dealing with authors. Information is also given on the selection of type-faces, and the mechanics of printing and binding. Illustrations, bookjacket designs, and other technical details tackled thoroughly as well as the publicizing and selling of the finished books to booksellers and the public. Here then, in small compass, is a general picture of the whole publishing business which may encourage reading further on the subject. In writing this book the author considered three classes of reader: young people entering publishing, bookselling, papermaking, printing, or binding; senior pupils at school; general readers, and those who wish to pursue a career as writers." Near Very Good. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE-30596
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