The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making. By Adrian Johns. First Edition, First Printing. With Two Signed Holograph Letters. University of Chicago Press. Chicago, 1998.

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Adrian Johns is one of the preeminent scholars of the history of science, the history of print, and the history of information. He has published numerous works, but his most celebrated is probably The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making. This scholarly text makes a strong case for the significance of local, institutional, and individual contributions to print culture in seventeenth-to-eighteenth century England. Johns describes the print shop, bookseller homes, coffeehouses–the whole ecosystem of people and labor in England that inevitably shaped our concept of the book. He also addresses the roles of institutions like the Stationers’ Company and the roles of individuals like John Streater. The Nature of the Book was hailed as a major intellectual contribution to several fields, including the history of science and the history of print. It remains a quintessential text for book historians today. This copy contains two holograph signed letters presumably to Adrian Johns’ bookseller. One confirms attendance to a Zamorano Club meeting. The other thanks the bookseller for sending along catalogues and turns down a copy of Copernicus which apparently had been listed for $350,000. With these holograph letters, this copy offers a close connection to an author who is one of our leading minds in the world of books.

This first edition, first printing is in fine condition. In the original cased binding with green cloth spine, fine. Text block fine. In the original dust jacket, fine. Two holograph letters laid in, written on CalTech letterhead. Letters about-fine with only creases.

A fine first edition of The Nature of the Book with scarce holograph signed letters.

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The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making. By Adrian Johns. First Edition, First Printing. With Two Signed Holograph Letters. University of Chicago Press. Chicago, 1998.

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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 4 in