This ambitious volume, newly available in paperback, explores the rich history of the book, one of the most efficient, influential and enduring technologies ever invented. For more than 2,500 years, the book, in a wide range of forms, has been used to document, to educate and to entertain. The eminent authority Martyn Lyons charts its worldwide evolution 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 carefully selected illustrations are Maya 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.
About the Author
Martyn Lyons is Professor at 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 (2001) and Ordinary Writings, Personal Narratives: Writing Practices in 19th- and Early 20th-Century Europe (2007).
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 1st August 2013
Dimensions (cm): 25.3 x 19.5 x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.86