THE ROMANCE OF THE BOOK features a selection of essays from the early days of the book to current times when some claim the book could become an endangered species. Each writer relates a lifelong relationship with the book as a friend, source of inspiration, educational tool, an object to collect or give as a gift, or as a philosophical ally in one's darkest days. Among the writers included: Colette, Franklin, Petrarch, Poe, Lamb, Douglass, Thoreau, Hazlitt, Fuller, Gissing, Eliot, as well as contemporary authors. Printed on 80 lb. Cream White Mohawk Vellum in 12 Bookman type, with a letterpress cover printed on an antique press at Birch Brook Press.
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Marshall Brooks, a noted bibliophile, is the author/artist of A BRIEF, ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF THE BOOKSHELF, also published by Birch Brook Press. He is the founder of Arts End Press, a literary book publisher, and has been involved in editing, publishing and writing for more than quarter of a century.From Library Journal:
This collection of short essays celebrates books and the personal experiences writers have had with them. Editor Brooks, a writer and literary publisher, has selected such notable authors as Colette, Faith Baldwin, Benjamin Franklin, Henry Miller, and Petrarch to tell of the way they live with books; the feel, look, and smell of the newly acquired, much-awaited volume or the joy of encountering the much-used copy, often coverless, dog-eared, and annotated by previous readers. For Malcolm X and Frederick Douglass, books offered a means of escape from oppression. George Gissing's books came mostly from secondhand stores, paid for with money that should have gone for food and other necessities. These essays will interest book lovers in general: the reader, the writer, and the collector. As books are in danger of being supplanted by electronic devices, it is refreshing to read these eloquent tributes that explore what makes books so special.?Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo
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Book Description Birch Brook Press, Delhi, NY, 1995. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Pictorial light grey boards w/ gilt/red lettering, dark grey spine w/ gilt lettering, slight soiling, barcode residue clear-taped over on back cover, slight fading to a 1" band along top edge fr. cover else little wear, library stamps fep/leading page edges, block square, corners sharp, binding tight, contents clean. VG. Ex-Library. Bookseller Inventory # 004410