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Yet Another Crisis of the Book
Forma Revista d'Humanitats (2013)
  • Bennett B. Gilbert, Portland State University
Book bindings and binding decor can reveal deep parts of our attitudes toward books and toward culture. Changes in attitudes toward the codex book during the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution are part of continual change in book culture. The re-binding of early printed books is exemplary evidence of these changes. The new bindings express both a rejection of pre-Enlightenment culture and an attempt to stabilize traditional cultural values. This also suggests how we might view events customarily considered to be "revolutions".
  • French Revolution,
  • Bindings
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Bennett B. Gilbert. "Yet Another Crisis of the Book" Forma Revista d'Humanitats Vol. 7 (2013) p. 65 - 80
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