Books On Books

Books on Books


  • All Things Shining: Reading the Western Classics to Find Meaning in a Secular World

    By Hubert Dreyfus

    Our Price: $10.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781416596158
    • Publisher: Free Press
    • Published: January 2011
    The authors illuminate some of the greatest works of the West to reveal how we have lost our passionate engagement with and responsiveness to the world. Their journey takes readers from the wonder and openness of Homer's polytheism to the monotheism of Dante; from the autonomy of Kant to the mutliple worlds of Melville; and finally, to the spiritual difficulties evoked by modern authors such as David Foster Wallace, who attempted to pertain in a world wholly cut from the cloth of a lostness he could perceive in himself and those around him. Re-envisioning modern spiritual life thorugh their examination of literature, philosophy, and religious testimiony, philosophers Hubert Dreyfus and Sean Dorrance Kelly unearth ancient sources of meaning, and teach readers how to rediscover the sacred, shining things that surround us every day. Notes, Index. 254p.
  • American Literature and the Culture of Reprinting, 1834-1853 (Material Texts)

    By Meredith L. McGill

    Our Price: $24.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780812219951
    • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
    • Published: April 2007
    The antebellum period has long been identified with the belated emergence of a truly national literature. And yet, as Meredith L. McGill argues, a mass market for books in this period was built and sustained through what we would call rampant literary piracy: a national literature developed not despite but because of the systematic copying of foreign works. Restoring a political dimension to accounts of the economic grounds of antebellum literature, McGill unfolds the legal arguments and political struggles that produced an American "culture of reprinting" and held it in place for two crucial decades.In this culture of reprinting, the circulation of print outstripped authorial and editorial control. McGill examines the workings of literary culture within this market, shifting her gaze from first and authorized editions to reprints and piracies, from the form of the book to the intersection of book and periodical publishing, and from a national literature to an internally divided and transatlantic literary marketplace. Through readings of the work of Dickens, Poe, and Hawthorne, McGill seeks both to analyze how changes in the conditions of publication influenced literary form and to measure what was lost as literary markets became centralized and literary culture became stratified in the early 1850s. American Literature and the Culture of Reprinting, 1834-1853 delineates a distinctive literary culture that was regional in articulation and transnational in scope, while questioning the grounds of the startlingly recent but nonetheless powerful equation of the national interest with the extension of authors' rights.
  • Asami Library: A Descriptive Catalogue

    By Chaoying Fang

    Our Price: $15.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781499911459
  • Autographs and Manuscripts: A Collector's Manual

    By Edmund Berkeley

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780684156224
    • Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
    • Published: June 1982
    Sponsored by the Manuscript Society.
  • Bibliographical Analysis: A Historical Introduction

    By G. Thomas Tanselle

    Our Price: $85.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780521760348
    • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UP
    • Published: July 2009
    Studying printed books as physical objects can reveal not only how books were produced, but also how their design and layout features emerged and came to convey meanings. This concise and accessible introduction to analytical bibliography in its historical context explains in clear, non-specialist language how to find and analyze clues about a book's manufacture and how to examine the significance of a book's design. Written by one of the most eminent bibliographical and textual scholars working today, the book is both a practical guide to bibliographical research and a history of bibliography as a developing field of study. For all who use books, this is an ideal starting point for learning how to read the object along with the words.
  • Bibliography of the Village Press: 1903-1938

    By Melbert B Cary Jr.

    Our Price: $6.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781299800243
    • Publisher: NICHOLAS T. SMITH
    • Published: 1981
  • Book Business: Publishing: Past, Present, and Future

    By Jason Epstein

    Our Price: $6.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780393049848
    • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
    • Published: January 2001
    The creator of Anchor Books and cofounder of The New York Review of Books, The Library of America and The Reader's Catalog discusses the severe crisis facing the book business today and looks ahead to the radicallytransformed industry that will revolutionize the idea of the book as profoundly as the introduction of movable type did five centuries ago. 188p.
  • Book Collecting 2000: A Comprehensive Guide

    By Allen Ahearn

    Our Price: $9.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780399145742
    • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
    • Published: January 2000
    Completely revised handbook of estimated market values for first printings of first books, updated and expanded to include the works of more than 6,000 authors & discussions on the impact of the Internet on book collecting.
  • Book Collecting : A Comprehensive Guide

    By Allen Ahearn

    Our Price: $10.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780399134562
    • Publisher: Putnam Adult
    • Published: September 1989
  • The Book of Lost Books : An Incomplete History of All the Great Books You'll Never Read

    By Stuart Kelly

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781400062973
    • Publisher: RANDOM HOUSE
    • Published: 2006
    8vo. Luckily, masterpieces of classical literature still remain available to readers around the world through the incredible revelry for history & tradition. But what about all those lost classics, such as 'Speak, America,' Nabokov's second volume of memoirs, or Socrates' versions of Aesop's fables? In this brilliant feat of literary detection and historical expose, Stuart Kelly brings readers this compulsively readable story of the tantalizing, vanished works by the famous, the acclaimed, and the influential writers whose works were lost, sometimes due to outrageous circumstances. Index. 344p.
  • The Book on the Book Shelf

    By Henry Petroski

    Our Price: $4.95
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9780965004558
    • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
    • Published: January 1999
    The book delves into the question of the inevitability of books' vertical arrangement on horizontal surfaces that we know as 'bookshelves.' Illus., 67 b&w. 290p. Pap.
  • The Book on the Bookshelf

    By Henry Petroski

    Our Price: $7.95
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780375406492
    • Publisher: ALFRED A. KNOPF
    • Published: September 1999
    Traces the evolution of the book and the bookshelf, from the scrolls of antiquity to the modern-day volume, explains how the art of book storage evolved, and discusses such topics as libraries, bookselling, book collection, and book buying throughout history
  • Booking in the Heartland

    By Jack Matthews

    Our Price: $7.50
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9780801833328
    • Publisher: John Hopkins University Press
    • Published: 1986
    The author writes of his adventures bargain hunting and collecting books for emotional fulfillment and investment potential and discusses the camaraderie that can develop among collectors
  • Bookmaking: The Illustrated Guide to Design/Production/Editing

    By Marshall Lee

    Our Price: $5.00
    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN-13: 9781399264600
    • Publisher: R.R. BOWKER COMPANY
    8vo. 2nd edition, revised and expanded. VG/--.
  • Books

    By Larry McMurtry

    Our Price: $6.00
    • Format: Paperback
    • ISBN-13: 9781416583356
    • Publisher: Simon and Schuster Paperback
    • Published: 2008
    An intimate personal account by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lonesome Dove describes his life-long passion for buying, selling, and collecting rare antiquarian books, an effort that was formed by a shortage of books in his youth and his voracious love of reading. Reprint.