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First published in 1881, this popular and entertaining work is reissued in the revised and enlarged edition of 1888.

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First published in 1881, this popular and entertaining work is reissued in the revised and enlarged edition of 1888.
Autorenporträt
William Blades (1824-1890) was an eminent English printer and bibliographer, renowned for his scholarly pursuits in the history and preservation of books. Blades was born on December 5, 1824, in Clapham, London. His pivotal work, 'The Enemies of Books' (1880), reflects not only his deep affection for books but also his expertise in the causes of their deterioration. In this classic of bibliophilic literature, Blades discusses the myriad dangers that books have historically encountered, including fire, water, gas, heat, dust, neglect, insects, and their most dangerous enemy, ignorant or careless human handlers. His literary style combines meticulous research with a touch of humor and personal anecdotes, which makes his treatise both informative and engaging. Beyond 'The Enemies of Books,' his contributions to printing history and bibliographic studies have garnered him academic recognition and continue to be referenced by contemporary scholars and book lovers. Blades operated a printing business but devoted substantial time to researching the history of the printing press, culminating in his biographical works on early printers like William Caxton. Blades' dedication to the craft of printing and his zeal for preserving the legacy of the printed word solidify his place in the annals of bibliographic history. His works remain a testament to his passion for books and serve as an enduring resource for those interested in the preservation and appreciation of literature.