The Printed Book

The Printed Book

The Printed Book

The Printed Book

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It has been the editors' endeavour, in the revision of this manual, to preserve as much as possible of the original framework and approach. The author's survey of the earlier history of the printed book required very few changes to bring it up to date, though the researches of the intervening twenty-five years necessitated certain minor modifications, e.g. in the attribution of the forty- two line Bible and the estimate of the typographical importance of Aldus Manutius.

Aldis account of 'The Modern Book', however, was too strongly tinged with the prejudices and predilections of his own day to be satisfactory to readers who have come to realize that the period between Bensley and William Morris is not wholly without interest; and both this and the following chapter have been substantially rewritten. The main changes in the chapter on 'Illustrations' were dictated by similar considerations, while recent work on the dark history of edition binding made it necessary to recast and amplify the latter part of Chapter IX.

The subject of the final chapter allowed free play to Aldis's vigorous and characteristic expression of his own tastes. To intrude on these was something of an . . .

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