Viking Books, September 1996. Hardcover. Used - Good / Very Good. Item #273186
As it traces the magical, joyful, and mysterious craft of reading, this book spills over with scandalous tales of book thieves, book burners, censors, and anarchists; of the women of 11th-century Japan, who had to invent their own reading material; of the African American slaves forbidden to read under penalty of death. Replete with over 140 arcane and beautiful illustrations, this witty and ambitious book will delight every reader--from the browser to the bookworm. Light shelf wear on the jacket. Some toning on the boards. Bruised at the top of the spine.