In 1936, the publishers of The Dolphin: A Journal of the Making of Books, began work on “A History of the Printed Book.”
They commissioned essays. They sent staff into the cauldron of pre-war Europe to rescue woodblocks, copperplates, etchings, and examples. They were convinced that books would always exist, and felt an obligation to document the original materials and methods, and the talented artisans, who invented and perfected printing.
The result is a richly illustrated and uniquely detailed history, written by scholars.