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Books – A Living History by Martyn Lyons

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B1371 – Books – A Living History by Martyn Lyons

Publisher’s Synopsis:
Headlines predict the death of the printed book, but this ambitious volume celebrates the enduring power and magic of one of the most efficient, influential and enduring technologies ever invented. Martyn Lyons charts the worldwide evolution of the book through the centuries, from the cuneiform tablets of ancient Sumer through the development of moveable type and the emergence of the modern information revolution. Among the 266 illustrations are Mayan codices, Egyptian papyrus scrolls, medieval illuminated manuscripts, masterpieces of early printing from Gutenberg and Aldus Manutius, atlases from the great age of travel and exploration, primers and children’s books, dime novels and Japanese manga, and works of fiction ranging from Don Quixote to Level 26, the world’s first ‘digi-novel’, and beyond.


Areas discussed in this book include:
Ancient and Medieval Worlds including:
Mesopotamia, Ancient China, Papyrus, Parchment, Paper, Ancient Greece, The Great Library of Alexandria, Ancient Rome, Japanese Concertina Books and The Tale of Genji, Ancient Buddhist Texts, From Scroll to Codex, Monastic Libraries, The Life of a Scribe, The Book of Kells, Books of Hours, The Koran and the Islamic World and The Hebrew Book.

The New Culture of Print including:
Gutenberg and his Bible, How Printers Worked, Printing Conquers the World, Latin and the Vernaculars, Luther s Bible, Books of the Scientific Revolution, Atlases and Cartography, The Printed Page, Aldus Manutius and the Classics, Elzevir and the ‘Dutch Miracle’, Christopher Plantin’s Polyglot Bible, The Inquisition and the Index, Mesoamerican Codices, Don Quixote, Ars moriendi: Books on How to Die and Emblem Books.

Enlightenment and The Masses including:
Literacy in the West, Evolution of the Printing, Workshop, Censorship in the Age of Enlightenment, Forbidden Books, Making a Profit, Diderot's Encyclopedie, The Art of the Book, Roman versus Gothic Type, The Struggle for Copyright, The Pilgrims Progress across the World, Chapbooks, Almanacs, Walter Scott as a Global Bestseller and On the Margins of Europe.

The Publisher Arrives including:
The Mechanization of Printing, Nineteenth-century Book Illustrators, The Publisher's Role, Copyright and Royalties, The Rise of the Bookstore, Circulating and Lending Libraries, The World of the Brothers Grimm, Novels by the Month, Dime Novels, The Russian lubki, Japanese Prints of the Floating World and Masters of Mass Fiction.

Knowledge For All including:
New Technologies, The Romance of the Encyclopaedia, Penguins and the Paperback Revolution, Consumer Culture in Weimar Germany, The Romance Novel: Mills & Boon, Japanese Manga, The Contemporary Arab World, The Nobel Prize for Literature, Children's Books, Book Illustration and Design, Illustrated Books, Global Media, Globalization and Cultural Identity, Enemies of the Book, The Virtual Book and the Rise and Rise of Digitization

These are followed by the Conclusion: The New Age of the Book and a Glossary of Terms


About the author:
Martyn Lyons is a professor in the School of Humanities at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. His publications include Readers and Society in Nineteenth-Century France: Workers, Women, Peasants and The Writing Culture of Ordinary People in Europe, c. 1860–1920.


What other’s have said about this book:
'The perfect book for bibliophiles... elegantly designed and produced' – The Oldie,

'Admirably international in its scope... fascinating' – The Scotsman

‘Opulently illustrated… a feast for book lovers everywhere, this richly informative volume celebrates the enduring power of books throughout the ages and stakes its claim to a similar role in ages yet to come’ – Good Book Guide.


1st edition, 2013, paperback, 224pp, full colour throughout, 19.4 x 25.4cm



Books – A Living History by Martyn Lyons
£14.95 EUR 18.43