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The Book on the Bookshelf
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Hardcover
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1 edition from Alfred a Knopf Inc (September 1, 1999)
9780375406492 | details & prices | 290 pages | 6.00 × 9.75 × 1.25 in. | 1.24 lbs | List price $26.00
About: Traces the evolution of the book and the bookshelf, from the scrolls of antiquity to the modern-day volume, explains how the art of book storage evolved, and discusses such topics as libraries, bookselling, book collection, and book buying throughout history
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from Vintage Books (September 1, 2000)
9780375706394 | details & prices | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.60 lbs | List price $16.95
About: Tracing the evolution of the book and its companion, the bookshelf, an intriguing study ranges from the scrolls of antiquity to the modern-day volume, explaining how the art of book storage evolved, and discusses such topics as libraries, bookselling, book collection, and book buying throughout history.
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Publisher Vintage Books
Publication date September 1, 2000
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780375706394
ISBN-10 0375706399
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.60 lbs.
Original list price $16.95
Summary
Tracing the evolution of the book and its companion, the bookshelf, an intriguing study ranges from the scrolls of antiquity to the modern-day volume, explaining how the art of book storage evolved, and discusses such topics as libraries, bookselling, book collection, and book buying throughout history. Reprint. 30,000 first printing. (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: From the author of the highly praised The Pencil and The Evolution of Useful Things comes another captivating history of the seemingly mundane: the book and its storage.

Most of us take for granted that our books are vertical on our shelves with the spines facing out, but Henry Petroski, inveterately curious engineer, didn't.  As a result, readers are guided along the astonishing evolution from papyrus scrolls boxed at Alexandria to upright books shelved at the Library of Congress. Unimpeachably researched, enviably written, and charmed with anecdotes from Seneca to Samuel Pepys to a nineteenth-century bibliophile who had to climb over his books to get into bed, The Book on the Bookshelf is indispensable for anyone who loves books.

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