Saturday, 18 April 2015

Words Related to Books will send you a word a day.  I look forward to it every morning. It also includes a thought for the day. Always interesting.

There is a theme for the week and this week's theme relates to BOOKS.

"Writing is hard work. Fortunately, that hard work is only mental now.  It wasn’t always so.  At one time writing meant chiseling on a piece of rock or dipping a quill into homemade ink and scribbling on a piece of parchment.  Each piece was unique.  Archeologists haven’t discovered any ancient photocopy machine yet, so making a copy likely meant sharpening chisels again or finding another piece of parchment and mixing another pot of ink.  No wonder books were precious and needed to be protected by any measure.  Imagine hopping into a time machine, going a few thousand years back in time, and telling people that you carry hundreds of books in your pocket.   Who is going to believe you?

  Monday:   colophon

  1. A note at the end of the book giving information about its production: font, paper, binding, printer, etc.
  2. A publisher’s emblem, usually on the spine or the title page of the book.

  Tuesday: recto

 The front of a leaf, the side that is to be read first.

  Wednesday: bibliogony

The art of producing or publishing books. Also known as bibliogenesis.

  Thursday: codex

   A manuscript volume (as opposed to a scroll). especially of an ancient text.

Friday: opisthograph
A text written on both front and back (of some parchment, papyrus, stone, etc.)

Thought for today:
Never lend books -- nobody ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are those which people have lent me. -Anatole France, novelist, essayist, Nobel laureate (16 Apr 1844-1924) 

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