New York: Beil, (1983),
First Edition. octavo, plain wrappers in dust jacket. 94pp. Beil, Item #30081
This survey covers the introduction of paper in the first century of the Christian era and the spread of printing from the circulation of Buddhist texts in the eighth century to the high point of woodblock printing under the Sung Dynasty and the popular editions under the Ming. The invention of movable type, the cost of books, the development of bookselling, and the abortive attempts to protect the rights of authors and publishers in China are also examined. In addition, the author has introduced newly discovered illustrative materials from Korea and China that dates from the eighth and ninth centuries. Illustrated. Spine slightly sunned, else fine.
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