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Rag book, On the Line, ca. 1916-1920
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Please note that items in bold are described in the Library's online catalog and you will need to review the catalog to obtain the call number of each item. Other items are described in guides in Special Collections and Archives.

I. Books and Published Materials

Book Arts
  • Evelina: or, the history of a young lady's entrance into the world, Fanny Burney; with an introduction by Austin Dobson, 1904, (An example of a fore-edge painting)
  • On the line, Dean's Rag Books, 1920 (book made entirely of cloth)
  • Nurseryland, Dean's Rag Books, 1950 (book made entirely of cloth)
  • Book repair manual, Robert J. Milevski; illustrations by Hollis Denn Onken, 1984
  • The Art of Marbling, Stuart Spencer, 1988
  • Marbling methods and receipts from four centuries edited with an introduction by Barry McKay, 1990. Includes examples of marbled papers.
  • A century of artists books, Riva Castleman, 1994
  • Art for the Written Word, Wendell Minor, 1995
  • The color explosion: nineteenth-century American lithography, Jay T. Last, 2005
  • Front cover: great book jackets and cover design, Alan Powers, 2006
  • The illuminated manuscript, Janet Backhouse, 2006
  • Book art object, ed. David Jury, The Codex Foundation, Berkeley, 2007
  • The book as art: artists' books from the National Museum of Women in the arts, Krystyna Wasserman, 2007
  • Miniature Books: 4,000 Years of Tiny Treasures, Anne C. Bromer and Julian I. Edison, 2007
  • Courtier and cannibals, angels and amazons: the art of the decorative cartographic titlepage, Rodney Shirley, 2009- looks at engraved titlepages and frontispieces from roughly the 1470s to the 1870s.
  • Dean's rag books and rag dolls, Peter and Dawn Cope, 2009
  • Killing Green: An Acount of Hand Papermaking in China, Elaine Koretsky, 2009
  • Bookbinding and Conservation: A Sixty-year Odyssey of Art and Craft, Don Etherington, 2010
  • Bookopolis 2010: Memory Palaces, Asheville BookWorks, 2010
  • Jacob Bigelow's American medical botany, 1817-1821: an examination of the origin, printing, binding, and distribution of America's first color plate book: with special emphasis on the manner of making and printing its colored plates, Richard J. Wolfe, 2012
Typography and Printing
  • Encyclopedia of the book, Geoffrey Ashall Glaister, 1996
  • Five hundred years of book design, Alan Bartram, 2001
  • Pietro Bembo, Foster Father of the Modern Book, Ted Danforth, Jr., 2003
  • The Routledge Handbook of Scripts and Alphabets, George L. Campbell and Christopher Moseley, 2012
  • Historical types: from Gutenberg to Ashendene, Stan Knight, 2012
Publishing and the Book Trade
  • Shadows of the old booksellers, Charles Knight, 1865
  • Books and bidders: the adventures of a bibliophile, A.S.W. Rosenbach, 1927
  • What happens in book publishing, Columbia University Press, 1957
  • Aldus Manutius and his Thesaurus cornucopiae of 1496: containing the first appearance in English of the prologue in which Aldus announces his plans to publish the first printed editions of Aristotle's works and describes his Thesaurus as containing "practically everything that anyone could desire in order to achieve perfect knowledge of Greek literature.", Translated by Antje Lemke. Introd. by Donald P. Bean, 1958
  • A Register of books, 1728-1732: extracted from the Monthly chronicle, 1964
  • Aspects of book collecting: a handbook with examples; compiled jointly by Gary Cantrell...and The Exhibition and Journal Committee of the Long Island Book Collectors, 1977
  • Casanova Was a Book Lover: And other Naked Truths and Provocative Curiosities about the Writing, Reading, and Selling of Books, John Maxwell Hamilton, 2000
  • Book talk: essays on books, booksellers, collecting, and special collections, eds. Robert H. Jackson and Carol Z. Rothkopf, 2006
  • Among Booksellers, David Batterham, 2011
  • Collected Books: The Guide to Identification and Values, 4th Edition, Allen and Patricia Ahearn, 2011
  • From Compositors to Collectors: Essays on Book-Trade History, edited by John Hinks and Matthew Day, 2012
History of the Book
  • The coming of the book: the impact of printing 1450-1800, Lucien Febvre and Henri-Jean Martin; translated by David Gerard; [edited by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith and David Wootton], 1997
  • Prince of Forgers, Joseph Rosenblum, 1998
  • The Book on the Bookshelf, Henry Petroski, 1999
  • A handbook for the study of book history in the United States, Ronald J. Zboray and Mary Saracino Zboray, 2000
  • Casanova Was a Book Lover: And other Naked Truths and Provocative Curiosities about the Writing, Reading, and Selling of Books, John Maxwell Hamilton, 2000
  • Lasting impressions: the Grolier Club Library, 2004
  • Disbound and dispersed: the leaf book considered, Christopher de Hamel, Joel Silver, 2005
  • Books as history: the importance of books beyond their texts, David Pearson, 2008
Books and Society
  • Books as people: an address at a reception to open an exhibition of books printed in the fifteenth century, at the Free library of Philadelphia, January 31, 1940, George Parker Winship, 1940
  • Every book its reader: the power of the printed word to stir the world, Nicholas A. Basbanes, 2005
  • In the company of books: literature and its "classes" in nineteenth-century America, Sarah Wadsworth, 2006
  • The scrapbook in American life, eds. Susan Tucker, Katherine Ott, and Patricia P. Buckler, 2006
  • A matter of taste: discrimination in Nineteenth-Century book collecting, Susan Danforth, 2008
  • Well-read lives: How Books Inspired a Generation of American Women, Barbara Sicherman, 2010
II. Books in the General Collection
  • An extensive republic: print, culture, and society in the new nation, 1790-1840, edited by Robert A. Gross and Mary Kelley, 2010
  • Books on the Move: Tracking Copies Through Collections and the Book Trade, edited by Robin Myers, Michael Harris and Giles Mandelbrote, 2007,
  • Beyond words : the marriage of art and literature in bookmaking, 1999, General Collection
  • Bibliomania : a documentary film of the 34th [i.e. 36th] California International Antiquarian Book Fair, 2003, General Collection
IV. Online Resources at Furman
V. Web Sites