Books about Books:History

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1 Clement, Richard W. The Book in America with Images from the Library of Congress
The history of the book begins, in this volume, in 1638 and ends in the 20th century. Gracing the pages are rare images from the Library of Congress such as the Bay Psalm Book, the first book printed in the American Colonies; Thoreau's Walden; the first American cookbook, American Cookery; Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn; and Rachel Carson's Silent Spring. Clement offers fascinating portraits of the titans of publishing from Isaiah Thomas (the leading publisher in the new nation) and Matthew Carey (America's first modern publisher) to Henry Carey, Henry Holt, Frank N. Doubleday, Horace Liveright, Robert De Graff and Alfred A. Knopf. Clement also portrays Mason Locke Weems, one of the greatest book salesmen of all time who sold tens of thousands of books. Includes iindex, afterword, sources, and further reading. Jacket is slightly wavy at the top; it is a bit too long for the book. Oblong, 10 3/4" wide. ; 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall
Fulcrum Pub
Golden, CO, 1996, First Printing
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2 Goodrum, Charles A. Treasures of the Library of Congress
The Library of Congress in Washington, D. C. Is, simply put, the largest collection of stored knowledge in the world. The range of its extraordinary holdings - almost 100 million objects - is revealed in text and pictures in this newly revised and expanded edition of Treasures of the Library of Congress. In an incomparable blend of facts and anecdotal history, Charles Goodrum's brilliant text covers everything from the origins of the Library in 1800 when a shipment of 11 trunks of books arrived from England for Congress's use, to the exceptional, sometimes eccentric men - the Librarians of Congress - who created this incredible collection. From photography to maps to music to Orientalia, Goodrum provides a fascinating narrative for each subject area. Featured among the 460 illustrations are some of the prized objects collected in only the past decade. 344 pages with index and further reading. 9 3/4" x 11 3/4", very heavy.
Harry N Abrams Inc.
New York, 1991, 
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3 Kingman, Lee; Hogarth, Grace Allen; Quimby, Harriet Illustrators of Children's Books 1967-1976
0876750188 / 9780876750186; This is a supplement to Illustrators of Children's Books, 1744-1945, 1946-1956, and 1957-1966. This volume deals with a period in which hundreds of new artists entered the field of children's book illustration; in which artists coped with new demands on their techniques and ingenuity; in which international book fairs and international co-publishing burgeoned; in which the differing concepts of what constitutes a picture book became more marked by European and American standards; and in which publishing companies treated books as a growth industry. These philosophical and technical complexities in the illustration of children's books, the artists, and their art, are discussed in articles by Walter Lorraine, Brian Alterson, Momoko Ishii and Teiji Seta, and Treld Pelkey Bicknell. Biographical entries for approximately 500 artists and selection bibliographies of their work are included, as is a cumulative index to all four volumes. 290 pages with cumulative indexes. Illustrated in black & white and color. The jacket has a 3/4" piece missing at the spine tail along with a 3/4" tear. 8 3/8" x 11
The Horn Book, Inc.
Boston, 1978, 
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Price: 33.12 USD
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