This work takes a look at the development of writing systems throughout the world, how they have evolved according to different social needs, and anticipates how the rise of the computer will affect the development of writing in the future. The author discusses particularly the role of writing in the West before the invention of printing, and its place in the production of the medieval book. This book is part of a series which ties in with "The Workshop", a gallery exhibition in the British Library, presenting practical aspects of the history of books and bookmaking in an interactive environment. Each title offers an historical overview of techniques and processes, illustrated with examples from the Library's collection.
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Michelle P. Brown is a curator of Western Manuscripts in the British Library and author of several books, including A Guide to Western Historical Scripts and The Book of Cerne.