History of the Book


UNT Special Collections holds many rare artifacts, specimens, books, and manuscripts that enable students and faculty to trace the evolution of the book across human history. With roots in social, cultural and materials studies, book history plays an important role in a variety of disciplines. Specific examples of book history which may be explored in this collection include:

Original medieval manuscripts, pages and fragments

Early Printed Books

Printing Technology

  • Printing plates, lithographic stones, type setters’ tools and paper making supplies are available for classroom use

Illustration Techniques

Descriptive Bibliography

  • Special Collections librarians can provide instruction on descriptive bibliography using our collections of early printed works, literary works, and modern first editions.

Book Bindings