ON PAPER: THE EVERYTHING OF ITS TWO-THOUSAND-YEAR HISTORY.

By: Basbanes, Nicholas A.

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430 pp, 9 1/2" H. B&w illustrations. "A consideration of all things paper - its invention that revolutionized human civilization; its thousandfold uses (and misuses), proliferation, and sweeping influence on society; its makers, shapers, collectors, and pulpers. Nicholas Basbanes writes about paper, from its invention in China two thousand years ago to its ideal means, recording the thoughts of Islamic scholars and mathematicians that made the Middle East a center of intellectual energy; from Europe, by way of Spain in the twelfth century and Italy in the thirteenth at the time of the Renaissance, to North America and the rest of the inhabited world. (He) writes about the ways in which paper has been used to record history, make laws, conduct business, and establish identities. He makes clear that without paper, modern hygienic practice would be unimaginable; that as currency, people will do almost anything to posses it - that the Industrial Revolution would never have happened without paper on which to draw designs and blueprints. We see paper's crucial role in the unfolding of historical events, political scandals, and sensational trials: how the American Revolution began with the Stamp Act of 1765 - the Dreyfus Affair and the forged memorandum known as 'the bordereau' - America's entry into World War I with the Zimmermann Telegram - the Alger Hiss spy case and Whittaker Chambers's testimony involving the notrious Pumpkin Papers - Daniel Ellsberg's release of the Pentagon Papers in 1971 and the scandal of Watergate - and so much more." Very small bumps and wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, very small remainder ink dot on bottom of text block. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds.