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Finding Aid for the Book Artifacts Collection, circa 2345 B.C.-1993 A.D. (bulk circa 1510-1976)
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Description
The Book Artifacts Collection contains material relating to the development of writing, the history of printing, and the book arts (circa 2345 B.C.-1993 A.D.). This collection of artifacts and other realia illustrates various aspects of book production and design, from early cuneiform clay tablets, papyri, seals, and other writing materials, book curiosities and miniature books to the 20th century book, including printing presses and later 20th century printing devices. The bulk of the collection deals with hand and machine printing and binding. The collection includes specimens of various types of binding, binder's tools and equipment; illustration, relief, photographic and photomechanical processes; paper-making; practical pressroom and composing room equipment and presses; type design, type founding, and type-setting; music engraving; cartography; and specialty printing.
Extent
ca. 1360 items (4 selected digital objects)
Restrictions
Materials in this collection may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of University of California gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of without permission of the copyright owner. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Availability
Collection is open for research.