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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson (3 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500251657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500251652
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.5 x 26.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`A feast for bibliophiles and those fascinated by the world of print' --We Love This Book

`Lively ... Lyons never forgets the beauty of books as artefacts - neither, fortunately, does the publisher of handsome volume'
--The Scotsman

'A fascintating history' --Bath Life

'The perfect present for bibliophiles'
--Oldie

[Martin Lyons'] beautifully illustrated work is, rather, an accessible, lightly-written account of the evolution of the many forms of what we now regard as 'the book' --Contemporary Review

Opulently illustrated ... a feast for book lovers --Good Book Guide

Thames & Hudson are renowned for their beautiful production and design, and this book is no exception ... a beautiful and beguiling book ... It is certainly on my list of Christmas gifts --Learned Publishing

Well-structured and admirably researched --The Birmingham Post

Opulently illustrated ... a feast for book lovers everywhere, this richly informative volume celebrates the enduring power of books throughout the ages and stakes its claim to a similar role in the ages yet to come. --Good Book Guide

About the Author

Martyn Lyons is professor of history at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and the author of "A History of Reading and Writing in the Western World "(Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and "Reading Culture and Writing Practices in Nineteenth-Century France" (University of Toronto Press, 2008). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Hande Z TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a 217-page book which includes two pages of glossary and two pages of suggested further reading. It is not a small book but is handy and not very heavy although it is a hard cover book with good quality glossy pages. It is therefore portable although published in a coffee-table style, that is, it has lovely photgraphs, prints and drawings. The text accompanying each topic is short but fascinating and informative. We see, for instance, beautiful ancient Chinese writing on strips of bamboo, a book form known as "jiance". The book goes beyond the history of books and informs us about early libraries, and has interesting pictures such as monastic libraries, and book stalls in places such as Bangladesh. The history segment includes brief accounts of children's books and Japanese "Manga", complete with picture samples. Equally useful are the accounts on copyright and the rise of book stores - nothing is said about their decline (except the reminder that "books don't need batteries") - even though the book conluded with two articles on the virtual book and the rise of digitization. The history of the book promises to be long and glorious.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr Chris Smith on 14 Feb. 2012
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Books: A Living History is a guide to the development of books throughout the Ages. It is full of well-presented images accompanied by a genuinely interesting and informative text. Professor Lyons clearly knows his stuff and communicates it clearly.

Every book-lover should have a copy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Hankie on 17 Jan. 2014
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I bought this for my brother-in-law because his house is like a library, I knew he would appreciate a book more than anything but couldn't think of what to get... Along comes a book about books! Ha ha!
He loved it and said he would definitely recommend it!
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A very well presented book with interesting text and great images. If you are interested in the history of the book then this is one for you and the coffee table (where mine is right now).
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By Gillian D. on 7 Feb. 2015
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Loved it!
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