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Goldsboro Books

9781847926296

The Book-Makers

The Book-Makers

by Adam Smyth

Publisher Bodley Head

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  • Hardback
  • UK First Edition, First Printing


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About the book

A celebration of the printed book, told through the lives of 18 people who took it in radical new directions.

‘Amazing. This book is a soul-expanding celebration of the human spirit’ MARTIN LATHAM
‘Will delight any booklover’ ROLAND ALLAN

This is an extraordinary story of skill, craft, mess, cunning, triumph, improvisation, and error. Of printers and binders, publishers and artists, paper-makers and library founders.

Some we know. We meet jobbing printer (and United States Founding Father) Benjamin Franklin, and watch Thomas Cobden-Sanderson conjure books that flicker between the 20
th and 15th centuries. Others we’ve forgotten. We don't recall Sarah Eaves, wife of John Baskerville, and her crucial contribution to the history of type. Nor Charles Edward Mudie, populariser of the circulating library – and the most influential figure in publishing before Jeff Bezos. Nor William Wildgoose, who meticulously bound Shakespeare’s First Folio, then disappeared.

The Book-Makers puts people back into the story of the book. It takes us inside the print-shop as the deadline looms and the adrenaline flows – from the Fleet Street of 1492 to present-day New York. It’s a tale of contingencies and quirks, of successes and failures, of routes forward and paths not taken. This is a history of book-making that leaves ink on your fingers, and shows why the printed book will continue to flourish.

‘Evocative and fascinating’ EMMA SMITH
‘A brilliant time machine of a book’ JOSEPH HONE

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About the Author

Adam Smyth

Adam Smyth runs the 39 Step Press, an experiment in printing, from a cold barn in Oxfordshire. He is also Professor of English Literature and the History of the Book at Balliol College, University of Oxford.

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