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Why does the materiality of books matter?

Watch Philipp Schweighauser explain why the materiality and the surface of books matter and have a look at a first edition of Ezra Pound’s Lustra.

This video is designed to shed light on why the material qualities of books and other reading surfaces are of great significance.

As Philipp Schweighauser explains why the stuff that literature is made of matters, he leads you to the special collections reading room of Basel’s university library and shows you a 1916 first edition of a book by Ezra Pound.

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