Explore the history of books, written communication, and publishing with these resources.
K-State Libraries owns many books exploring the history of books, printing, written communication, and publishing. The titles below are being held at Hale Library Help for use alongside the Remnant Trust "Wisdom of the Ages" exhibit. You can check these titles out, just ask for them at Hale Library Help!
Locate more titles in the collection by following these links:
These resources describe the book as a physical object. Learn about the parts of a book and how a book is designed and printed.
Palegoraphy (or palaeography, if you are British) is the study of handwriting. As some of the materials in the Remnant Trust and our special collections are handwritten, these sources can help you learn to read handwriting and scripts through the ages.
As visitors and researchers visit the collection, we are frequently asked questions about the books. We will attempt to answer some of those questions here. We will add more information to this section as we gather questions and answers, so check back.
We get a lot of questions about the funny looking "f" that appears where there really should be an "s." This is actually a character called the "long s." The "s" that we are accustomed to is the "short s."
You can see both the long and short s in this image from the United States Bill of Rights.
Learn more about the use of the long and short s through these resources:
Current K-State students, faculty, and staff, or visitors to Hale Library, can learn more by reading this article:
Fens-De Zeeuw, L., & Straaijer, R. (2012). Long- s in Late Modern English manuscripts.English Language and Linguistics,16(2) pp.319-338.