One of the most comprehensive histories of early books, publishers, and printers in Europe in the Middle Ages. Covers the beginning of letterpress printing, important people such as William Caxton, and the development of the press from the 15th to 18th centuries.
About the author (from Wikipedia):
George Haven Putnam A.M., Litt.D. (April 2, 1844 – February 27, 1930) was an American soldier, publisher, and author. He was the eldest son of publisher George Palmer Putnam and Victorine Haven Putnam, he was born in London, UK where his father had been living since 1841 while establishing a branch office for his New York City publishing company, Wiley & Putnam.