The Book on the Bookshelf (Paperback)

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    Henry Petroski is the Alexander S.Vesic Professor of Engineering and Professor of History at Duke University, where he also serves as chairman of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He lives in Durham, North Carolina.
    From the author of the highly praised The Pencil and The Evolution of Useful Things comes another captivating history of the seemingly mundane: the book and its storage.

    Most of us take for granted that our books are vertical on our shelves with the spines facing out, but Henry Petroski, inveterately curious engineer, didn't. As a result, readers are guided along the astonishing evolution from papyrus scrolls boxed at Alexandria to upright books shelved at the Library of Congress. Unimpeachably researched, enviably written, and charmed with anecdotes from Seneca to Samuel Pepys to a nineteenth-century bibliophile who had to climb over his books to get into bed, The Book on the Bookshelf is indispensable for anyone who loves books.

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    Dimensions 8.0x6.0x1.0
    ISBN 9780375706394
    Genre LITERARY CRITICISM / Books & Reading
    Format Paperback
    Publisher Date 2000-09-01 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Vintage Books
    Copyright Year 20000601
    Height 8.0 in
    Wdth 5.25 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 0.6 lb
    Language English
    Series Name Vintage
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Petroski, Henry

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