A quest for books, adventure, and more in the cradle of the printing arts

Seven years after the events at Tiananmen Square, bookbinder Margaret E. Davis moved to Beijing to learn traditional Chinese bookbinding, make a pilgrimage to the far-west caves where the oldest, dated, printed book in the world was discovered, and find modern practitioners of ancient crafts. Part bookbinding manual, part travel memoir, and part romance, China Under the Covers delves deep into the Middle Kingdom.

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