- Hardcover: 334 pages
- Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (October 17, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1442263393
- ISBN-13: 978-1442263390
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1 x 11.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #981,157 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Dictionary of the Book: A Glossary for Book Collectors, Booksellers, Librarians, and Others
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First published in 1952 with eight revised later editions, the ABC for Book Collectors by John Carter has long served as the standard glossary for the book trade. Nicely illustrated with photographs and drawings, The Dictionary of the Book updates Carter’s classic volume with additional coverage on book-printing terms, typography, papermaking, and binding, among other topics. A former museum library director and curator of manuscripts at different institutions, Berger is highly qualified to compile this informative and important work. A venerable bibliophile who delights in all aspects of book production and history, he hopes the readers will get as much 'pleasure out of this book' as he did in compiling it. (Booklist)
An authority on rare books and special collections, Berger offers this dictionary for ‘anyone who wants to speak intelligently about books—to use the right terms in the right contexts and with the right meanings.’ The work begins with the ABA, the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (‘the British organization of high-end booksellers’), and concludes with Zinc Cuts (‘metal plates made from zinc that contain images for printing’). Entries contain pertinent further readings cross-referenced with URLs where relevant. ‘Online Books Sales’ is just one of many examples of informative entries of varying length. Five helpful appendixes discuss paper and paper-related terminology, typeface terminology, paper sizes, binding terminology, and book collectors' clubs and societies. The concluding, partly annotated bibliography usefully assembles many printed works and internet resources mentioned in the main dictionary…. The handsome work is sturdily bound for reference collection use in a quarto double-columned format with numerous black-and-white and color illustrations. Clearly written and updated for the present age….
Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels. (CHOICE)
I’ve been racing through Sidney E. Berger’s The Dictionary of the Book: A Glossary for Book Collectors, Booksellers, Librarians, and Others from cover to cover as if it was one of those unputdownable, page-turning blockbusters. This lively, wide-ranging, finely detailed glossary is high entertainment for bibliophiles of every stripe. Berger is a Renaissance bookman, at once scholar, collector, bibliographer, rare book-librarian, paper historian, curator, hand press printer and papermaker. Like John Carter before him, whose venerable ABC for Book Collectors often serves as the inspiration for this book collector’s glossary, Berger is personal, witty and opinionated in the way he writes up these entries. We badly needed not just an update to Carter’s ABC, but a fresh book-collecting glossary that is more in-depth, comprehensive, and scholarly—and that’s exactly what Sidney Berger’s passionate dictionary is. . . .Berger means this for the use of scholars and bibliophiles alike. He wears his scholarship lightly and informally, making the whole task of writing and producing this book look easy, but a decade of work went into it, and of course, a lifetime of being a devout bibliophile. . . .Two reference works are now indispensable to the bibliophile: the Oxford Companion to the Book in two volumes, and now this portable one volume by Sidney Berger. I have been, since getting hold of his Dictionary of The Book, reaching for it so many times, I can’t imagine how I—or any bibliophile—got along without it so far. (The Hindu)
With its plentiful illustrations and extensive – and largely print – bibliography, [The Dictionary of the Book] will be a valuable and often entertaining point of reference for people whose interest in physical books goes beyond simply collecting them. (TLS: The Times Literary Supplement)
Berger is a passionate bibliomaniac with a scholar's eye for details and a bibliophile's eye for the beauty in the details. He takes a language defined (now) long ago by John Carter and refined more recently by Nicolas Barker and brings it into the 21st century with a deft blend of deference and irreverence and more than a dash of humor, to make learning the arcane patois of books an educational treat and a great read. He adds from his own vast knowledge and experience a fresh perspective which will delight beginners and cognoscenti alike, and offers us all a chance to look afresh at our world of books. (John Windle, Owner, John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller in San Francisco)
The Dictionary of the Book is a reference work that is as wide-ranging and encyclopedic as its author. Sid Berger has produced an essential tool for the trade. (Phil Salmon, Bromer Booksellers)
This is not an ABC of book terms, this is an A to Z of all things bookish! From bookbinding to paper making to library terminology, this glossary leaves nothing out and its definitions are clear, concise and on target. No librarian’s shelf should be without it. (Valerie Hotchkiss, Andrew S. G. Turyn Endowed Professor & Director of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library, University of Illinois)
About the Author
Sidney E. Berger was the Ann C. Pingree Director of the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum of Salem; he is now the library’s Director Emeritus. For the last nearly 14 years Dr. Berger has also been on the faculty of Simmons College and the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign, teaching rare book courses in both institutions’ library schools. He was also Curator of Printed Books and then Curator of Manuscripts at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, MA, and headed the Special Collections Department at the University of California at Riverside. He is widely published in several fields--mostly in literary, bibliographical, and library fields--and his most recent book, Rare Books and Special Collections, won the 2015 ABC-CLIO/American Library Association award for the Best Book in Library Literature. He makes paper and casts type by hand, and he is the proprietor of the Doe Press, publishing short texts from handset type, printed on a hand press.
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