The return of a classic work on the art of the book

Contact: Jill Davis
ALA Editions
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For Immediate Release
January 19, 2010

CHICAGO – ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the return of “Scribes, Script, and Books: The Book Arts from Antiquity to the Renaissance,” by Leila Avrin. Reissued as part of the ALA Classics series, this detailed volume chronicles the history of the handmade book. Avrin looks at the development of scripts and styles of illumination, the making of manuscripts and the technological processes involved in paper-making and book-binding. Readers will have a greater understanding of books and texts up through the Renaissance with

· More than 300 plates and illustrations

· Examples of the different forms of writing from ancient times to the printing press

· Coverage of cultural and religious books

· Full bibliography

Avrin was a faculty member at the School of Library and Archive Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a professor of Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan. She also chaired the Israel Bibliophile Society. The author of “Micrography as Art” (CNRS/Jerusalem, 1981), Avrin published numerous articles on the book of arts. She held a doctorate in art history and an MLS from the University of Michigan.

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