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- DescriptionFrom the author of the highly praised <b>The Pencil</b> and <b>The Evolution of Useful Things</b> comes ather 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, <b>The Book on the Bookshelf</b> is indispensable for anyone who loves books.
- Author BiographyHenry 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.
- Author(s)Henry Petroski
- PublisherRandom House USA Inc
- Date of Publication12/09/2000
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintVintage Books
- Content Noteillustrations plans, portraits
- Weight282 g
- Width134 mm
- Height201 mm
- Spine16 mm
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