Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis



First Advisor

Susan Vanderborg


This paper seeks to prove how the context of books, specifically the book jackets and bindings, are a crucial part to understanding the history and the text of the story. The paper begins with printing history in order to illustrate how the context of books has changed, and how the Twentieth Century saw a use of book jackets to promote the book. The paper then looks at the books of a particular author, Alasdair Gray, as an example of how the context of the book can be used to enhance and reveal aspects of the text. Finally, this paper discusses how Special Collections libraries play a unique roll in the preservation of the whole book as a material object in order to preserve the full context of the book for future study.


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