It has been a while since I have posted on a book about books. This one seems quite promising. Even tough it has been around for some time. It was first published in 1992. The Smithsonian book of books is a ‘calibration’ of books, as Publishers Weekly called it. The book has 320 pages and they are stuffed with illustrations. In fact, the book has exactly 311 plates in color.
The book is written by Michael Olmert, who teaches Shakespeare at the University of Maryland, USA. He made this book into a history of books and their influence. He starts at the Egyptian papyrus and ends at the modern book fairs. He writes about a wide varity of topics; printing methods, dictionaries, the bible and much, much more. You can learn more about the book here.
I just made a new book category. In the past I just had ‘books’, but I have split it into two sections. In the categories in the sidebar, you will now find “books about books” and “books alls sorts”. The first only has books in it that are about books. The second one contains books that have to do with books, reading and libraries in general.