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On Paper

The Everything of Its Two-thousand-year History

Paperback - 2014
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A Best Book of the Year:
Mother Jones * Bloomberg News * National Post * Kirkus

In these pages, Nicholas Basbanes--the consummate bibliophile's bibliophile--shows how paper has been civilization's constant companion. It preserves our history and gives record to our very finest literary, cultural, and scientific accomplishments. Since its invention in China nearly two millennia ago, the technology of paper has spread throughout the inhabited world.

With deep knowledge and care, Basbanes traces paper's trail from the earliest handmade sheets to the modern-day mills. Paper, yoked to politics, has played a crucial role in the unfolding of landmark events, from the American Revolution to Daniel Ellsberg's Pentagon Papers to the aftermath of 9/11. Without paper, modern hygienic practice would be unimaginab≤ as currency, people will do almost anything to possess it; and, as a tool of expression, it is inextricable from human culture. Lavishly researched, compellingly written, this masterful guide illuminates paper's endless possibilities.

Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2014.
Edition: First Vintage Books edition.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780307279644
Branch Call Number: 676.09
Characteristics: xvi, 430 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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Jun 29, 2017

A very good overview of the history of paper making, and how it was developed. The detail that the author goes into was appreciated, and the fact that he toured many of the places that are mentioned in the book give you a good insight into the history.

ser_library Jan 29, 2014

reads like a blog--longwinded and tangential; interesting facts and lots of personal anecdotes


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