The ostensible purpose of a library is to preserve the printed word. But for fifty years our country's libraries-including the Library of Congress-have been doing just the opposite, destroying hundreds of thousands of historic newspapers and replacing them with microfilm copies that are difficult to read, lack all the color and quality of the original paper and illustrations, and deteriorate with age.With meticulous detective work and Baker's well-known explanatory power, Double Fold reveals a secret history of microfilm lobbyists, former CIA agents, and warehouses where priceless archives are destroyed with a machine called a guillotine. Baker argues passionately for preservation, even cashing in his own retirement account to save one important archive-all twenty tons of it. Written the brilliant narrative style that Nicholson Baker fans have come to expect, Double Fold is a persuasive and often devastating book that may turn out to be The Jungle of the American library system.
Combining thoughtful essays, detailed bibliographical descriptions and over 290 finely reproduced illustrations, this book by one of America s leading literary scholars, authors and book antiquarians definitively chronicles a golden era in the art of the illustrated book. Among the artists: Bl"
THE THINKERS, THE THOUGHTS, AND THE THEORIES YOU NEED TO KNOW TO UNDERSTAND THE WORLD WE LIVE IN.With A World of Ideas, you can get to the bottom of the big bang theory; find out where Freud's ideas were coming from, and where Einstein's might take us; demystify surrealism and structuralism, communism and capitalism. Prepared with the assistance of an academic board of leading scholars, this invaluable reference includes - Hundreds of entries, alphabetically arranged, with key words and concepts highlighted and cross-referenced--more than two thousand in all
- A special emphasis on multicultural influences and contemporary thought
- A comprehensive index giving easy access to all essential terms and names A World of Ideas is an indispensable resource for the curious reader.
The premise of The Restoration of Leather Bindings (first edition, 1972) is that restoration of old and worn bookbindings is more than a technical skill. Rather, it is a specialized craft that calls for an understanding of historical methods, specific technical terms, and aesthetic styles in order to be developed fully. This second edition continues from this premise and acts as an extensive instruction manual for those who practice or wish to practice leather bookbinding restoration.
A Stunning Achievement, Myth, Magic, and Mystery brings together the work of nearly every prominent children's book illustrator of the twentieth century. Developed for a nationwide, touring exhibit beginning at The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia in June 1996, this book stands alone as a portable encyclopedia of the "masters" of the genre. Included here are the works of such popular illustrators as N. C. Wyeth, Chris Van Allsburg, Maurice Sendak, Dr. Seuss, Edward Gorey, Tomi Ungerer, and others; a special feature of the book is a complete "alphabet" created from a selection of the classic ABC books by the likes of Richard Scarry and Curious George creator H. A. Rey.
Throughout the course of our nation's history, the book has been a cornerstone in the shaping of American culture. The fascinating role that books have played in the creation of our nation and society is notably the story of authors, printers, and publishers who have created books. It is also the story of readers who have shaped our culture in response to what they read. Gracing the pages of this book are rare images from the Library of Congress. Clement also offers insightful portraits of the titans of publishing, from Isaiah Thomas and Matthew Carey to Henry Holt, Frank N. Doubleday, and Alfred Knopf.
Here are two hundred reader-tested answers to the question What have you read that's good? The Readers' Choice is the first book to feature titles based on the recommendations of numerous book clubs. Victoria McMains has collected two hundred favorites of more than seventy reading groups nationwide, ideal for book group members looking for a good read, busy people seeking enjoyable books outside the bestseller lists, or anyone who wants to read more but isn't sure where to start.
Combining her skills as a book reveiwer and a veteran book group member, McMains provides brief, captivating profiles of a diverse mix of fiction and nonfiction. There are love stories and war stories, fantasy and political intrigue, biography and nature-and much more. Each profile highlights the unique traits of the book and ends with a few questions for group favorites as well as little-known gems that have been discovered and treasured. Indexes organize the entries by title and subject matter, helping readers find books that appeal to their interest. For anyone wanting to learn the easy essentials of starting a book club, check out McMains's introduction.
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Robert Holt, himself the successful author of four self-published books, now shares his knowledge and savvy with other would-be author-publishers in this step-by-step guide to every aspect of self-publishing.
If you yearn join the ranks of such self published authors as Henry Thoreau, Upton Sinclair, Anais Nin, and George Bernard Shaw, if you've ever thought of doing it yourself, then this is the book for you. How to Publish Promote and Sell Your Own Book provides you with everything you ever wanted to know about self-publishing--and never even thought to ask.