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The enemies of books

Author: William Blades
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Series: Cambridge library collection. History of printing, publishing and libraries
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First published in 1881, this popular and entertaining work by the printer and bibliographer William Blades (1824-90) examines the numerous threats that books have faced throughout their existence. Based on the author's experience of collecting printed works, the book explores such destructive forces as fire, water, disgruntled pirates, ignorance, and vermin. Even bookbinders and collectors are accused of causing  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Erscheint auch als:
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Blades
OCLC Number: 971381100
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 1 Online-Ressource (xvi, 165 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
Series Title: Cambridge library collection. History of printing, publishing and libraries
Responsibility: William Blades.

Abstract:

First published in 1881, this popular and entertaining work by the printer and bibliographer William Blades (1824-90) examines the numerous threats that books have faced throughout their existence. Based on the author's experience of collecting printed works, the book explores such destructive forces as fire, water, disgruntled pirates, ignorance, and vermin. Even bookbinders and collectors are accused of causing mischief. In 1886, Blades was cruelly tormented by one of his enemies when his printing works burned down. A founder of the Library Association, he most notably investigated the work of Caxton: his two-volume Life and Typography of William Caxton (1861-3) is also reissued in this series. After his death, his extensive collection of books formed the basis of the St Bride Printing Library. Six editions of The Enemies of Books emerged between 1881 and 1886. Reissued here is the revised, enlarged and illustrated version that appeared in 1888.
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