In these pages, Nicholas A. Basbanes—the consummate bibliophile’s bibliophile—shows how paper has been civilization’s constant companion. It preserves our history and gives record to our very finest literary, cultural, and scientific accomplishments. Since its invention in China nearly two millennia ago, the technology of paper has spread throughout the inhabited world.
With deep knowledge and care, Basbanes traces paper’s trail from the earliest handmade sheets to the modern-day mills. Paper, yoked to politics, has played a crucial role in the unfolding of landmark events, from the American Revolution to Daniel Ellsburg’s Pentagon Papers to the aftermath of 9/11. Without paper, modern hygienic practice would be unimaginable; as currency, people will do almost anything to possess it; and, as a tool of expression, it is inextricable from human culture. Lavishly researched, compellingly written, this masterful guide illuminates paper’s endless possibilities.
Patience & Fortitude
In A Gentle Madness, Basbanes explored theobsession of book collecting, here he widens his focus to view all ofbook culture. He gives us his unique outlook on the great libraries andgreat librarians both past and present, and he shares his seeminglyinfinite stock of stories about famous and unknown makers of books,influential booksellers, antiquarians, celebrated writers, andextraordinary readers, bibliographers, conservators, archivists, andcollectors. Titled after the unofficial names for the two lion statuesthat stand outside the New York Public Library this first edition issigned by the author.
Editions & Impressions
Editions & Impressions: Twenty Years on the Book Beat collects thirty-three of Nicholas Basbaness most engaging articles grouped into three sections: Book Culture; People; and Places. Mr. Basbanes selected the essays in this collection precisely because they were not replicated in substantial ways in his other books. More than one-third of the essays in Editions & Impressions are published here for the first time in their full, uncut versions, and one essay and the introduction have never been previously published at all. Most of the essays include an endnote, telling the behind-the-scenes story about the article and bringing the subject up to date. There is much new for Mr. Basbanes fans to enjoy.
About the Author
About the Author: Inside the Creative Process collects together more than forty of Nicholas Basbanes's interviews and essays that grew from this unique period of publishing. The list includes novelists, biographers, poets, historians, and others who were regularly among the best-selling authors. Perhaps no one has been more suited to this kind of reporting than Nicholas Basbanes. Using the skills of an experienced interviewer and the considered analysis of an impartial critic, Basbanes pioneered a new kind of journalism for his weekly column.