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First edition. Published by Epworth Press, London in 1948. The book is in good condition, but with wear and tear to edges of dustjacket including a couple of small pieces that are missing.


This book tells, in a colourful way, 'how books happen' for us to read, how they come into literary and material beings, how the whole English world of them goes round. it is a picture of the creative, hierarchy behind that great world, from its humblest member, the Printer's Devil, to the most exalted author, with, always present, the General Reader, the Titan on whose shoulders everything rests. This Inky Way is travelled lightly, easily, braided in anecdote and incident, but also with the information and knowledge which spring from experience and personal intimacy.


Naturally, the writer of Printer's Devil was editor of the famous Literary Page of the old Dailt Chronicle and, as a journalist and author, he has had a long aquaintance with the high-ways and by-ways of London's book-land.

Printer's Devil or How Books Happen by James Milne

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