The world of the book

Des Cowley and Clare Williamson
RRP $39.99
The Miegunyah Press in association with the State Library of Victoria
Paperback 264pp Illustrated ISBN 9780522857191

From the earliest known myths and legends to postmodern fictions, books are mirrors of real worlds, windows into imagined worlds and keepers of powerful ideas. A journey through time and across the globe, this volume features great books and publishing innovations of the past and present.

From an illuminated manuscript created for the Medici family of Florence in 1479, to masterpieces of early printing, such as Gutenberg’s Bible, books recording the scientific discoveries of Copernicus and atlases from the great age of exploration, to the lavish productions by William Morris; and from literary greats such as William Shakespeare and Virginia Woolf, to children’s books, Beat literature, pulp fiction, graphic novels, artists' books and contemporary graphic design, this book revels in the sheer beauty of books as objects to be desired and treasured.

Des Cowley is Rare Printed Collections manager, and Clare Williamson is exhibitions curator, both at the State Library of Victoria. They are joint curators of the Library’s permanent exhibition Mirror of the world: books and ideas.

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