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  • The Book on the Bookshelf by Henry Petroski

    Overview   Process  

    Chapter “Chests, Cloisters, and Carrels” (pages 64–83 of the book in PDF, 1,3 MB)

    Task: to translate and publish a book about books.

    The author explores the theme of books and bookshelves. He asks: how did books come to be displayed vertically and spine out on shelves? From papyrus scrolls to precious medieval codices to the book as we know it, the readers will follow the evolution of making and storing of books to learn how book collections were managed in different times.

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    The book in dust jacket

    This is a generously illustrated and well written book about books, how they came to be and how people learned to store them.

    «

    One evening, while reading in my study, I looked up from my book and saw my bookshelves in a new and different light. Instead of being just places on which to store books, the shelves themselves intrigued me as artifacts in their own right, and I wondered how they came to be as they are. Question led to question, and I began to look for answers in—where else?—books. Books led me to libraries where I naturally encountered more bookshelves. I have found that, as simple as the bookshelf might appear to be as an object of construction and utility, the story of its development, which is intertwined with that of the book itself, is curious, mysterious, and fascinating.»

    From the preface by the author


    In the appendix the author provides more than twenty methods of arranging books in a personal library.

    I want to be yours

    The Book on the Bookshelf (in Russian)

    Online price:  14.11  $
      ≈ 13  €
      ≈ 899  руб.



    Release date: October 01 2014

    Cast:

    art director
    Artemy Lebedev
    chief typesetter
    Iskander Mukhamadeev
    typesetter
    Anna Golovina
    illustrators
    Lizaveta Romantsova
    Yana Moskalyuk
    dust jacket designer
    Tatyana Devaeva
    chief editor
    Katerina Andreeva
    editor
    Nadezhda Moiseeva
    consultant
    Olga Grinchenko
    proofreader
    Tatyana Naryshkina
    production manager
    Svetlana Kalinnikova
    author
    Genri Petroski
    translator

    Henry Petroski is a civil engineering professor at Duke University where he specializes in failure analysis. He authored many books on design which include deep and entertaining research on the origin and evolution of everyday things, such as a pencil or a toothpick.

    416 pages
    Press run: 3000
    Dimensions: 144×216 mm (5,6″×8,5″)
    Hardcover
    ISBN 978-5-98062-092-9

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    Title page
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    Pages 110–111
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    Pages 164–165
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    Pages 260–261
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    Pages 296–297


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