We talk of “making discoveries” as if forming them out of clay. Yet, for Samuel Johnson, discovery is an action rather than an object.
For centuries, book-makers, printers, furniture-makers and, now, programmers have worked to answer: how do you find what you need in a book?
For more than five centuries, equilibrium between profit and passion has remained elusive to book buyers and sellers.
How should readers and scholars look on the tangible traces writers leave behind?
Paper was never simply a writing surface, but a complicated substance that folded itself into the fabric of culture and consciousness.