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gen. 5, 2011, 4:30 am

I have a substantial & ever increasing assortment of volumes loosely related by being labelled as "Books About Books" since I am fascinated by almost anything concerning the technical & the wider cultural ramifications of the influence of the printing press over 550 years - especially since we seem to be currently experiencing a media revolution comparable to that unleashed by Gutenberg's disciples (tho' the silicon chip & Google are going at warp speed compared with the later C15th).

Wishing to try to plan my reading on a more systematic basis, I have recently come across www.english.upenn.edu/~traister which links in to many useful sites, including course syllabi at Univ of Pennsylvania dept. of English, as well as a Rare Book School's syllabi: both offer at least some fairly detailed Reading Lists + course outlines which can assist in the organisation of structured, focused reading in place of my rather haphazard procedure up to the present.

Any other addicts out there with sites to recommend?

Editat: gen. 5, 2011, 10:06 am

Here is a list of links and websites for bibliophiles:

Some of the links need to be updated; I first created the list when I was President of this society several years ago.

gen. 5, 2011, 11:25 am

Thanks very much, I'll chase it up ASAP to check it out. best wishes

Editat: gen. 5, 2011, 12:20 pm

ocfinebooks & moibibliomaniac
I don't know whether to say, "Thank you!" or "Damn you!"
I'll opt for "Thank you!" I was wondering what to do with the next three years of my life. Now I know.

gen. 5, 2011, 1:57 pm

You'll find that the Traister site has links which lead to other fascinating sites which have links....I'm not sure that setting aside only 3 years will be enough. I'm setting aside the next 30 until I'm ready to be measured up for my wooden overcoat. Courage mon ami !

gen. 5, 2011, 3:55 pm

>5 ocfinebooks: ...measured up for my wooden overcoat...

I think it's properly a "dust jacket".

gen. 5, 2011, 5:13 pm

#5 I hope I have another 30 years.

#6 A lead dust jacket.

gen. 6, 2011, 3:56 am

*6 A very neat pun, which had eluded me when I attempted composing an inscription for my Colophon inspired by the eg of Ben Franklin (does anyone know if his was actually used ?)

gen. 6, 2011, 1:25 pm

This one, he wrote as a young man:

The body of
B. Franklin, Printer
(Like the Cover of an Old Book
Its Contents torn Out
And Stript of its Lettering and Gilding)
Lies Here, Food for Worms.
But the Work shall not be Lost;
For it will (as he Believ'd) Appear once More
In a New and More Elegant Edition
Revised and Corrected
By the Author.

What's actually on his tombstone (as best can be achieved in text on computer):

and } Franklin

jul. 24, 2012, 8:16 pm

Here is a treasure for this Group: Oak Knoll Books (www.oakknoll.com) in New Castle, Delaware, USA is both a publisher and retailer, with book shop, specializing solely in Books About Books. Check out their website to see their large collection