An exhaustive study of the history of the book, from the earliest known facts and legends about records and writing, to the modern presses of today. There in other material on the subject; but I happen to know of none other so thorough, so accurate, and such easy reading. Full of anecdotal material, dramatic episodes, and liberally illustrated with facsimile pages and reproductions of old prints. The author goes to some length into the controversy over the invention of movable type. He presents various sides of the picture fairly. He gives enough of the social and economic and political conditions to explain the progress -- or lack of it -- at various steps of the way. The discussion of incunabula -- of fine printing -- of modern presses, etc., is important for booksellers dealing in fine and rare books, and for collectors.