Sunday Book-Thought 96

Greg’s vision of a bibliography not limited to books but ‘to the transmission of all symbolic representation of speech or other ordered sound or even logical thought’ has already taken on substance and will in time demand an account of its history. Finding the terms in which it’s to be written is an intellectual challenge of the highest order, demanding energy, foresight, and (most important of all) an imaginative hospitality to those new forms of texts. Only if the Society meets such a challenge will its role continue to be central to our understanding of the making and communication of meaning as the defining characteristic of human societies.
– D. F. McKenzie, ‘”What’s Past Is Prologue”: The Bibliographical Society and History of the Book’, in Making Meaning: ‘Printers of the Mind’ and Other Essays, ed by Peter D. McDonald and Michael F. Suarez, S.J. (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2002) pp. 259-275 (p. 275).

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