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PWR Topics in Writing:
Technical Communication & Design

Losoff, Robl, Hollis, Levine, & Guinn-Chipman
September 28, 2010


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  1. Cuneiform

  2. The Story of Writing:  Alphabets, Hieroglyphs, and Pictograms
    by Andrew Robinson, 1995, P211 R6

  3. Papyrus

  4. Velum Rolls

  5. Oak Galls, Minerals, Wax, Quills

  6. Illuminated Manuscript Page

  7. Medieval Craftsmen, Scribes, and Illuminators
    by Christopher de Hamel 1992, Hays 227

  8. Gutenberg’s Gift—A Book Lover’s Pop-up Book
    by Nancy Willard and Bryan Peister, 1995. Gutenberg was a German goldsmith and printer and was the originator of the mechanical movable type that is the modern book.  He was given a loan by a banker named Fust and they had a dispute.  This was when Gutenberg was in the process of printing the Bible (180 were printed) in 1455 and they went to court. The court sided with Fust and Gutenberg was bankrupt.  He may have had his own print shop, but his name was never associated with any other books.
  9. Movable Type (Letterpress)

  10. Inscribing Meaning:  Writing and Graphic Systems in African Art
    by Kreamer, Roberts, Harney, and Purpura, 2007, N7380.5 I6

  11. IBM Selectric System/2000 Wheelwriter Typewriter 6746 Operator’s Guide
  1. How to Study Handbook
    by Robert W. Frederick, 95-5-87
  1. History of ImbankingThe History of Imbanking and Drayning of Divers Fenns and Marshes, Both in Forein Ports and in this Kingdom
    by William Dugdale Esquire, 1662, Oversize TC 795 D83

  2. Mechanick ExercisesMechanick Exercises: or, the Doctrine of Handy-Works Applied to the Art of Brick Layers-Work
    1700 Willard 247

  3. On Wheel Carriages
    by Jacob Rowe 1731 TJ181.5 R68.  “Jacob Rowe was one of the pioneers of English diving. He wrote A Demonstration on the Diving Engine around 1730, the year in which he successfully salvaged more than 33 tons of silver from the wreck of the East India Company ship Vansittart. It is the earliest such treatise on On Wheel Carriages, illustrationdivingknown toexist in English. Rowe also held other interests: he was referred to as Captain Rowe from as early as 1721, so was obviously a sea captain and he also published works on navigation and improving the effectiveness of carriages by reducing the friction affecting their wheels.” (http://www.nmm.ac.uk/explore/collections/by-type/archive-and-library/item-of-the-month/previous/jacob-rowes-demonstration-of-the-diving-engine )

  4. Experiments and Observations Relating to Various Branches of National Philosophy; with a Continuation of the Observations on Air, Vol. III
    by Joseph Priestley, LL.D F.R.S 1786,  QD 27 P75 v. 3   “He is best known for his discovery, simultaneously with Antoine Lavoisier, of oxygen gas. Throughout his life, Priestley was known not only as a political and theological controversialist but also as a natural philosopher. His scientific reputation rested on his writings on electricity, his invention of soda water, and his discovery of 10 previously unknown "Airs" (gases), that he reported about from 1774-1786 in a giant book of 6 volumes. The most important of these newly discovered airs, was named by Priestley as "dephlogisticated air" (oxygen).” (Wikipedia)

  5. The Manufacture of Iron in All Its Various Branches
    by Frederick Overman, Mining Engineer, 1849 (although the print date is 1854!)  TN 705 O97 1854

  6. A Practical Guide to the Best Means of Testing GoldA Practical Guide to the Best Means of Testing Gold
    by Thomas W. Keates 1857 TN 580 G6 K45 1857.  Intended for the use of emigrants to the gold regions.

  7. Why Band Saws Break:  Sixteen Reasons—And How to Avoid Them
    by Joshua Oldham, 1892 TS851 O4

  8. The Manual of Dyeing: for the Use of Practical Dyers, Manufacturers, Students, and All Interested in the Art of Dyeing
    by Edmund Knecht, Christopher Rawson, and Richard Loewenthal, 1893 TP 897 K68 v. 3

  9. The Aneroid Barometer Its Construction and Use
    by George Plymton, A.M., C.E. 1917 QC 896 P73 1917
  1. Regole generali di Architecttura
    by Sebastiano Serlio, 1540, NA 2810S47

  2. Unterweysung der Messung (drawing manual)
    by Albrecht Durer, 1525, Plume.  Durer was a painter, printmaker.  His woodcuts are famous—the rhino series, and the Apocalypse woodcuts.

  3. I Manoseritti dell’Institut de France: MS 3
    Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), OSI ND 623 L5A4

  4. The First Book of ArchitectureThe First book of Architecture
    by Andrea Palladion, 1663, NA 2515 P21.  Palladio (1508-1580) was one of the most celebrated architects of the Renaissance, so important that the term Palladian has been applied to a particular style of architecture which adheres to classical concepts. The Four Books of Architecture offers a compendium of Palladio's art and of the ancient Roman structures that inspired him. The First Book is devoted to building materials and techniques and the five orders of architecture.

  5. The Mirror of Architecture or the Ground Rules of the Art of Building Exactly Laid Down
    by Vincent Scamozzi, Master Builder of Venice 1700 NA 2515 S3. “Whereby the principal points of architecture are easily and plainly demonstrated forthebenefit of all lovers and The Booke of Architectureingenious practitioners in the said art. With the description and use of a joynt-rule, fitted with lines for the ready finding the lengths and angles of rafters, and hips, and collar-beams, in any square or bevelling roof at any pitch; and the ready drawing the architrave, frieze, and cornice in any order. With other useful conclusions by the said rule. By John Brown. The fourth edition. Whereunto is added a compendium of the art of building. Giving a brief account of the names, natures, and rates of all the materials, belonging to the erection of an edifice: and what quantity of each sort will be needful for the building of any house.”

  6. Practical Architecture, or a Sure Guide to the True Working According to the Rules of that Science
    by William Halfpenny, 1736 NA 2590 H3

  7. Notes on the Divine Proportions in Islamic Architecture
    by A.A. Sultan, 1980, i7183851X

  8. A Book of Architecture Containing Designs of Buildings and Ornaments
    by James Gibbs 1728 Oversize 2 NA 2620 G5.   “It was intended to be a pattern book for both architects and clients, and became, according to John Summerson, "probably the most widely-used architecture book of the century, not only throughout Britain, but in the American colonies and the West Indies.”
  1. Cheape and Good Husbandry for the Well-Ordering of All Beaste and Fowles and for the General Cure of their Diseases
    Markham Gervase 1648 S509 M34

  2. The Squires Home-Made Wines as describ’d and set-forth in the Journal of Thomas Hoggson, Gent.
    1765  TP 548 H65 1924 reprint

  3. Farriery ImprovedFarriery Improved; or, a Complete Treatise on the Art of Farriery.   
    by Henry Bracken M.D. 1796 SF 955 B8 1796. “Wherein is fully explained the nature and structure of that useful creature, a horse; with the diseases and accidents he is liable to; and the methods of cure. Exemplified by ten elegant cuts, each the full figure of a horse. Describing all the various parts of that noble animal. Likewise rules for breeding and training of colts: practical receipts for the cure of common distempers incident to oxen, cows, calves, sheep, lambs, hogs, &c. To which is prefixed ten minutes advice to the purchasers of horses.”

  4. A New System of Domestic CookeryA New System of Domestic Cookery
    by A Lady, 1814 TX 715 R935.  “The original domestic goddess, an elderly widow whose best-selling book on cookery, medicinal remedies and household management defined the perfect home. Maria Rundell taught her readers how to cook a goose, brew beer, make ink and cure baldness. A New System of Domestic Cookery was a publishing sensation in the early 1800s. It sold half a million copies and conquered America, and its profits helped found one of the Victorian era's most influential publishing empires, one which boasted Lord Byron, Charles Darwin, Sir Walter Scott, Jane Austen, Benjamin Disraeli and Arthur Conan Doyle among its authors.”  Her real name wasn’t disclosed until her death at 83 years old in 1828.

  5. Book of Remedies
    by Mary Flower. 1850, MS108.  Handwritten recipes for folk medicine.

  6. Games of Skill and Conjuring, illustrationGames of Skill and ConjuringGames of Skill and Conjuring
    1862, GV 1229 G19

  7. The Paper Route:  A Training for Any Business or Profession
    by Lloyd Smith, 1929, 96-3-4

    The Paper RouteThe Papr Route, illustration
  1. National Guard Manual, illustrationNational Guard Manual

    by Stephen R. Pinckney, 1863, U 143 P56

  2. Mountain Scouting: A Handbook for Officers and Soldiers on the Frontiers by Edward S. Farrow, U.S. Army, 1881, U240 F24.

  3. Just in Case Atom Bombs Fall: Handbook for Civilians
    by the Civil Defense Office of Denver, Colorado, 1951

    Just in Case Atom Bombs FallWhat would happen id=f Denver were hit by an atom bomb?What would happen id=f Denver were hit by an atom bomb? pg 5
  1. Dell’Alchimia
    by Grimaldi, 1645  QD 25 G75, Grimaldi’s book describes alchemy (or the divine chemistry) as a science as well as an attempt to attain health and longevity or even immortality. In the first lines of the first chapter entitled “What Alchemy is,” Grimaldi begins to define this science:  “To get straight to the point, and not to concern ourselves with a variety of opinions that might confuse or make the reader suspicious, Alchemy is nothing other than a science through which the Principles, Causes, Passions, and Properties of all metals are known, so that those metals that are imperfect, incomplete, or corrupt are reduced to 24 karat Gold or the finest Silver.”

  2. Formular 
    1828 RS 127 R45.  Recipe book or a pharmaceutical guide in German—a pocket guide.

  3. The Family Doctor or Guide to Health Containing a Brief Description of the General Causes of Disease
    by H.B. Skinner, 1844, 96-3-3
  1. Mountain Rescue Techniques
    by Wastl Marner 1963 Mount RD 131 M3813

  2. Rock Climbing Guide to the Boulder, Colo Area
    by David Dornan 1961 Mount GV 199.42 C62 B6846
  1. Indian Basket Weaving
    by the Navajo School of Indian Basketry, 1903 TS 910 N31 “Baskets are the Indian Woman’s poems; the shaping of them her sculpture. They wove into them the story of their life and love.”

  2. Creating Artists’ Books
    by Sarah Bodman N 7433.3 B63 2005

  3. The Whole Universe in a Box
    by Sabina U. Nies

  4. Panorama
    by Julie Chen, 2008