The First Books of Humanity

Fernando Báez

NON FICTION. FÓRCOLA, 2013. 399 PAGES

The First Books of Humanity sets out to explore and recount the history of the book, chronicling its beginnings in the East and long journey to the West. It is a five thousand year old tale that began with clay, bones and tablets before moving on to print and travelling printers, and a long period in which every book was ‘handmade’.  This was an important cultural tradition that has now almost disappeared, and must be rescued from oblivion to benefit all mankind, especially when new forms of publishing seem to be forgetting the traditions of their past. 

Fernando Báez, the author of the successful title, A History of the Destruction of Books, has prepared this history after embarking on a long journey throughout the world, from the deserts of Jordan, Yemen, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Qatar, Kuwait, Egypt and Afghanistan to lands as diverse as Indonesia, China, Japan, Spain, Germany, The Netherlands, France, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Bolivia, visiting libraries, archives and museums. 

"This research is at one time a history dissertation

combined with a travel chronicle."

Javier Rodríguez Marcos, EL PAÍS

 

"Only somebody that is fascinated by the imperishable urge

for communication could have written this book"

Joaquín Rodríguez, MADRID MÁS D

PUBLISHED BY: Spain FÓRCOLA | Latin America OCÉANO

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