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Stationery is undergoing a worldwide renaissance. Partly in defiance of digital media, beautifully-designed objects from the past and present are once again appearing on desks as tools, as ornaments and as status symbols. Stationery fever provides a panoramic overview of this cultural development, including the history of individual stationery items, showing how even the humblest of desktop accoutrements represents the tip of an iceberg of technological...
From the simple representative shapes used to record transactions of goods and animals in ancient Egypt, to the sophisticated typographical resources available to the twenty-first-century computer user, the story of writing is the story of human civilization itself. Ewan Clayton marks each step in the historical development of writing, and explores the social and cultural impact of every stage: the invention of the alphabet; the replacement of the...
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