- Paperback: 315 pages
- Publisher: Hartley and Marks Publishers; 2 Rev Upd edition (June 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0881791547
- ISBN-13: 978-0881791549
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #596,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Short History of the Printed Word 2 Rev Upd Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
That just sets the stage, though. The next 250 pages or so cover the history of printed text in Europe and the New World. It's an amazing journey, filled with rich characters. Gutenberg was only one of those characters, and his bankruptcy played a surprising role in the spread of printing. Chappell followed through, era by era, until the start of photocomposition, somewhat after WWII. Bringhurst added the section on computer typesetting and all-electronic fonts, bringing the story quite up to date.
Bringhurst has done an elegant, seamless job of updating Chappell's original work. This is a posthumous collaboration that actually works, to my happy surprise. The book tells a coherent story in a very readable way, without bogging down in pedantic detail. The history of print can't really be told in just 300 pages, but this is an outstanding summary. It provides the framework and structure for the full story. Interested readers will look elsewhere to furnish the framework with detail, but will keep coming back to give context to those finer points.
With Bringhurst as collaborating author, you know that this book has to be a joy to read, both in its prose and in the structure of the physical book itself. I suggest it to anyone interested in typography, printing, or history in general.
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My copy of this book is the revision by Robert Bringhurst and it is simply riddled with what I take to be postscript errors. Read morePublished on September 20, 2010 by Chris Morgan
This book was on my wish list for several months before I finally purchased it. The author walks you through the history of printing by each century, noting improvements,... Read morePublished on August 15, 2010 by Doug Pratt
Had to have this book so I can highlight and border write in it. Bought it after the librarian loan me her copy and I started to read it and had to give it back and get my own... Read morePublished on July 20, 2010 by RoDan55