Vintage Books, 2013. First Paperback Edition, Second Printing. Paperback. 430pp. Small Octavo [20cm]; illustrated wraps. New. Item #49731
In his ninth book about books, Nicholas Basbanes explores all things paper; its invention that revolutionized human civilization, its thousand-fold uses (and misuses), proliferation, and sweeping influence on society; its makers, shapers, collectors, and pulpers. One of the most popular and widely read books on antiquarian book collecting is Basbanes' epic history of bibliomania from the ancient lost library at Alexandria to the 20th century Midwestern farmhouse of noted incunabula and door knob thief Stephen Blumberg.