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The book selection for July - August 2005 is The Coming of the Book: The Impact of Printing 1450-1800 by Lucien Febvre, Henri-Jean Martin, David Gerard (Translator) Books, and the printed word more generally, are aspects of modern life that are all too often taken for granted. Yet the emergence of the book was a process of immense historical importance and heralded the dawning of the epoch of modernity. In this much praised history of that process, Lucien Febvre and Henri-Jean Martin mesh together economic and technological history, sociology and anthropology, as well as the study of modes of consciousness, to root the development of the printed word in the changing social relations and ideological struggles of Western Europe.