Long Title: The British Library Guide to Writing and Scripts: History and Techniques
Writing is about communication. In our multi-media age, it co-exists with a developed oral culture of telecommunications, film and recorded sound, and through our television screens and popular press, it inter-relates with sound and image in complex ways. Writing is nonetheless as important as ever as the principal conveyor of information, unlocking the secrets of human knowledge and identity.
In The British Library Guide to Writing and Scripts: History and Techniques, Michelle P. Brown surveys the many forms in which writing has evolved in East and West, the tools and materials used, and how they have influenced the development of scripts. She examines particularly the processes involved in the production of the medieval book in the West, and assesses the impact of later technological developments in communication on the current state of writing, and its future.
With over 70 colour and black-and-white illustrations, The British Library Guide to Writing and Scripts is one of a series of titles providing accessible and lively introductions to practical aspects of the history of books and how they are made.
Other titles in the series are all available from www.calligraphity.com. They are:
Dr Michelle P Brown is Curator of Illuminated Manuscripts at The British Library.
- The British Library Guide to Bookbinding: History and Techniques by P. J. M. Marks
- The British Library Guide to Printing: History and Techniques by Michael Twyman
- The British Library Guide to Manuscript Illumination by Christopher de Hamel
Other books authored by Dr Michelle P Brown arealso available from www.calligraphity.com including: A Guide to Western Historical Scripts from Antiquity to 1600 (The British Library and Toronto, 1990); Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts (The British Library and Toronto, 1991); Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts (The British Library and J. Paul Getty Museum, 1994); and The Book of Cerne: prayer, Power and patronage in ninth-century England (The British Library and Toronto, 1996).
1st edition 1998, Pb, 98pp, over 70 illustrations many of which are in colour, 19 x 24.7 cm