Great Books and Book Collectors

By: Alan G. Thomas

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Book Condition: Used - Very Good


G. P. Putnam's Sons Editon (1975) CLEAN!! No marks. Might as well be new. Appears unread. From private collection, dust cover is in archival mylar. . . . . . . . . Alan G. Thomas, eminent bookseller, tells the story of some of the world's greatest books, their creation and survival, and the men who were responsible for them. Unlike many writers, he never loses sight of their importance as landmarks in the history of mankind. Beginning with manuscripts from their emergence in the Dark Ages down to the Renaissance, he discusses many fascinating aspects of the subject: the invention of printing--Gutenberg, Aldus, and Caxton, and the beautiful early woodcut books; bookbinding, from the Gospel found in the coffin of St. Cuthbert to the superb work of 20th century French craftsmen; the heroic story of early editions of the Bible, and the Bible in Hebrew, both of which were often produced under conditions of persecution; the fifteenth century herbals, the beautiful colorplate flower books such as Redouté and Thornton's Temple of Hera, and a charming example of the art of book production, English books with colored aquatint plates; the great books produced by Palladio, Gibbs, and Robert Adam which did so much to influence architecture in Europe and America. Thomas also considers the achievements of the New World, from the letter in which Columbus announced his discovery of America to one of the finest ornithological works ever produced--Audubon's The Birds of America. In more recent times, he discusses the revival of printing through the Private Press movement, why first editions are collected, and recounts an astonishing series of fakes and forgeries. Finally, he follows the history of great book collectors, from men like Sir Robert Cotton, who salvaged the manuscripts scattered by the sack of the monasteries, to the great American collectors--Pierpont Moran and Henry Huntington--who both established libraries fully comparable to those of the Old World. The lively text and many beautiful illustrations, chosen from the finest books ever produced, do justice to the subject as one of the finest achievements of Western civilization.

Title: Great Books and Book Collectors

Author Name: Alan G. Thomas

Categories: Reference,

Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons: 1975

ISBN Number: B000MZ7JUC

Size: Hardcover

Book Condition: Used - Very Good

Jacket Condition: As New

Seller ID: 80588