In this title, author Douglas C. McMurtrie explains the history of the printed book, beginning with the story of how books came into being and of some of the earliest books that were hand written and illustrated. The book narrates the invention of printing, detailing how that invention made it possible for books to be produced affordably and in high quantities. The title continues into a discussion of further developments of book making into an art, and the continuing effort of craftsmen and artists to produce the “golden book”. There are more than one hundred and seventy illustrations within this volume, including one hundred and twenty reproductions of title pages, text pages, and engravings from famous books to supplement the text. Also included is an extensive bibliography and index.
McMurtrie is a well-known typographer and book designer, as well as the author of a large number of authoritative articles and books on typography and typographical history.