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Product Description: “Everybody who has ever read a book will benefit from the way Keith Houston explores the most powerful object of our time. And everybody who has read it will agree that reports of the book’s death have been greatly exaggerated.”―Erik Spiekermann, typographerWe may love books, but do we know what lies behind them? In The Book, Keith Houston reveals that the paper, ink, thread, glue, and board from which a book is made tell as rich a story as the words on its pages―of civilizations, empires, human ingenuity, and madness...read more

Hardcover:

9780393244793 | W W Norton & Co Inc, August 23, 2016, cover price $29.95 | About this edition: “Everybody who has ever read a book will benefit from the way Keith Houston explores the most powerful object of our time.

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Product Description: “An absolutely fascinating blend of history, design, sociology, and cultural poetics―highly recommended.”―Maria Popova, Brain Pickings A charming and indispensable tour of two thousand years of the written word, Shady Characters weaves a fascinating trail across the parallel histories of language and typography...read more

Hardcover:

9780393064421, titled "Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, & Other Typographical Marks" | W W Norton & Co Inc, September 24, 2013, cover price $25.95 | About this edition: From ancient Greece to the Internet―via the Renaissance, Gutenberg, and Madison Avenue―Shady Characters exposes the secret history of punctuation.

Paperback:

9780393349726, titled "Shady Characters: The Secret Life of Punctuation, Symbols, & Other Typographical Marks" | W W Norton & Co Inc, October 20, 2014, cover price $16.95 | About this edition: “An absolutely fascinating blend of history, design, sociology, and cultural poetics―highly recommended.

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Product Description: Every character we write or type is a link to the past, and in today's writing- be it printed, electronic or handwritten - this history stares right back at us. Take the pilcrow: present at the birth of punctuation, its story encompasses the ancient Greeks, Charlemagne, medieval writing, England's greatest twentieth-century typographer and several brushes with extinction before its most recent revival in word-processing software...read more

Hardcover:

9781846146473 | Gardners Books, September 26, 2013, cover price $28.35 | About this edition: Every character we write or type is a link to the past, and in today's writing- be it printed, electronic or handwritten - this history stares right back at us.

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