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Preliminary Reading List

The Printed Book in the West since 1800

Eric Holzenberg

Preliminary Advices


  1. Gaskell, Philip. A New Introduction to Bibliography. Winchester & New Castle, DE: St. Paul's Bibliographies & Oak Knoll Press, 1995. Any edition of this title from 1974 or later will be fine; avoid the uncorrected 1972 ed. Read pp. 189-310 on "Book Production: The Machine-Press Period, 1800-1950;" if you have time, a review of "Book Production: The Hand-Press Period, 1500-1800" (pp. [5]-185) will be useful in providing historical context.
  2. Steinberg, S.H. Five Hundred Years of Printing. New ed., ref. by John Trevitt. London & New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press & The British Library, 1996. Revised edition preferred. Read Chap. III-V, pp. 137-250.
  3. Rota, Anthony. Apart From the Text. Ravelston & New Castle, DE: Private Libraries Association & Oak Knoll Press, 1998.
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  5. Cave, Roderick. The Private Press, 2nd ed., rev. & enl. New York: R.R. Bowker, 1983. Out of print, and expensive ($65-$100) when found in the second-hand book trade, but still the best and most comprehensive survey of the private press movement. Find it and read it if you can, in any edition available.

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