Title: Studying Early Printed Books, 1450-1800: A Practical Guide
Author: Sarah Werner
Hardcover: 978-1119049975, $99.95; Paperback: 978-1119049968, $27.95
Imprint: Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2019
Studying Early Printed Books 1450–1800: A Practical Guide offers a guide to the fascinating process of how books were printed in the first centuries of the press, and shows how the mechanics of making books shapes how we read and understand them. The author offers an insightful overview of how books were made in the hand-press period and then includes an in-depth review of the specific aspects of the printing process. She addresses questions such as: How was paper made? What were different book formats? How did the press work? In addition, the text is filled with illustrative examples that demonstrate how understanding the early processes can be helpful to today’s researchers.
Studying Early Printed Books shows the connections between the material form of a book (what it looks like and how it was made), how a book conveys its meaning, and how it is used by readers. The author helps readers navigate books by explaining how to tell which parts of a book are the result of early printing practices and which are a result of later changes. The text also offers guidance on: how to approach a book; how to read a catalog record; the difference between using digital facsimiles and books in-hand. This important guide:
- Reveals how books were made with the advent of the printing press and how they are understood today
- Offers information on how to use digital reproductions of early printed books as well as how to work in a rare books library
- Contains a useful glossary and a detailed list of recommended readings
- Includes a companion website for further research
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.