Introduction to Book History

2nd Edition

David Finkelstein, Alistair McCleery

Published October 24, 2012
Textbook - 168 Pages
ISBN 9780415688062 - CAT# Y121817

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This second edition of An Introduction to Book History provides a comprehensive critical introduction to the development of the book and print culture. Each fully revised and updated chapter contains new material and covers recent developments in the field, including:

  • The Postcolonial Book
  • Censorship by states and religions
  • Social History, and the recognition of underrepresentation of its value to book history studies
  • Contemporary publishing

Each section begins with a summary of the chapter’s aims and contents, followed by a detailed discussion of the relevant issues, concluding with a summary of the chapter and points to ponder. Sections include:

  • the history of the book
  • orality to Literacy
  • literacy to printing
  • authors, authorship and authority
  • printers, booksellers, publishers, agents
  • readers and reading
  • the future of the book.

An Introduction to Book History is an ideal introduction to this exciting field of study, and is designed as a companion text to The Book History Reader.


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