‘The World of the Book’, prachtige uitgave van de MUP, nu verkrijgbaar in softcover

Des Cowley, Clare Williamson The World of the Book Melbourne University Publishing, juni 2010 softcover, 264 pagina’s, 27 x 23 cm ISBN 9780522857191, verkoopprijs € 28,99 te koop bij bol.com — Veel buitenlandse boeken zijn tegenwoordig via bol.com op even simpele wijze te bestellen als Nederlandse uitgaven en meestal ook snel leverbaar. Een voorbeeld is ‘The World of the Book’, een uitgave van Melbourne University Publishing. Dit boek verscheen oorspronkelijk in 2007 in een gebonden versie, maar is dit jaar opnieuw uitgebracht als softcover. De uitgever schrijft:

‘All earthly existence must ultimately be contained in a book.’

French poet Stéphane Mallarmé understood that books hold the world’s stories. 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.

Beautifully illustrated, The World of the Book is a celebration of this age-old tradition drawing upon the rare collections of the State Library of Victoria. A journey through time and across the globe, this volume features great books and publishing innovations of the past and present. It also revels in the sheer beauty of books as objects to be desired and treasured.

Within these covers you will discover an illuminated manuscript created for the Medici family of Florence in 1479; masterpieces of early printing, such as Gutenberg’s Bible and Aldus Manutius’s Hypnerotomachia Poliphili; books recording the scientific discoveries of Copernicus, Galileo and Newton; atlases and illustrated accounts from the great age of travel and exploration; works by the great botanical and natural history artists, such as Redouté, Audubon and Gould; the woodblock books of Japanese artist Hokusai; the lavish productions by William Morris and the Kelmscott Press; literary greats from William Shakespeare to Virginia Woolf; children’s books, Beat literature and pulp fiction, graphic novels, artists’ books and contemporary graphic design.

The World of the Book pays homage to our love of books, and demonstrates the book’s long and rich traditions and its great contributions to modern life.

  The Miegunyah Press is a special imprint of Melbourne University Publishing that publishes prestigious books of the highest printing and design quality at affordable prices. About the Authors Des Cowley is Rare Printed Collections Manager at the State Library of Victoria and has more than 20 years’ experience working with rare books. Clare Williamson is Exhibitions Curator at the Library. They are the joint curators of the Library’s permanent exhibition Mirror of the World: Books and Ideas. De hardcoverversie uit 2007 is ook nog verkrijgbaar bij Bol.com (niet meer)
Melbourne University Publishing, 2007 / hardcover – 264 pag. – afm. 27 x 23 cm / ISBN 978-0522853780 / Verkoopprijs € 40,99
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