The list of reference books below represents a good starting point for people unfamiliar with various areas of book history and rare books. You can use the subject headings above to delve deeper into particular areas.
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Here, in over 490 alphabetical entries, ranging in length from a single line to several pages, may be found definition and analysis of the technical terms used in book collecting and bibliography, interspersed with salutary comments on such subjects as auctions, condition, facsimiles and fakes, 'points', rarity, etc.
A comprehensive reference with over 3,000 entries defining terms used in bookmaking, printing, papermaking, and the book trade. Includes biographical details of printers, authors, bookbinders, bibliophiles; and information on machinery and equipment, famous books, printing societies, organizations, customs of the trade, and arcane book lore.
A compilation of writings on many aspects of printing and book design, chosen by the author. The topics are varied, and include eighteenth-& nineteenth-century studies, private presses, type design and manufacture, exhibitions and speculations.
Focusing on the spread of paper from the early eighth century, when Muslims in West Asia acquired Chinese knowledge of paper and papermaking, to five centuries later, when they transmitted this knowledge to Christians in Spain and Sicily, the book reveals how paper utterly transformed the passing of knowledge and served as a bridge between cultures.