A History of the Book in America: Volume 1, The Colonial Book in the Atlantic World - A History of the Book in America (Hardback)
  • A History of the Book in America: Volume 1, The Colonial Book in the Atlantic World - A History of the Book in America (Hardback)

A History of the Book in America: Volume 1, The Colonial Book in the Atlantic World - A History of the Book in America (Hardback)

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Hardback 656 Pages / Published: 13/12/1999
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Volume 1 of A History of the Book in America, The Colonial Book in the Atlantic World, encompasses the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It is organized around three major themes: the persisting colonial relationship between European settlements and the Old World; the gradual emergence of a pluralistic book trade that differentiated printers from booksellers; and the transition from a 'culture of the Word', organized around an understanding of print as a vehicle of the sacred, to the culture of republicanism, epitomized by Benjamin Franklin, and culminating in the uses of print during the Revolutionary era. The volume will also describe nascent forms of literary and learned culture (including the circulation of manuscripts), literacy and censorship, orality, and the efforts by Europeans to introduce written literary to Native Americans and African Americans.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521482561
Number of pages: 656
Weight: 1050 g
Dimensions: 236 x 159 x 42 mm

'... the very high standards achieved in the research, the writing and the editing of this volume have been matched by its designers and printers, resulting in a work that is truly a delight to read.' Bibliographic Society of Australia and New Zealand
"[V]olume one powerfully and elegantly narrates the history of print, script, and speech in early America. [T]he volume illuminates almost all facets of textual history in early America. Hall's remarkable storytelling skill is certainly literary, and it means that we are in good hands for the next four volumes..." Matthew P. Brown, University of Iowa, Bibliographical Society of America
"One of the strengths of the volume is its plentiful textual artifacts, such as newspaper notices, apprencticeship indentures, catalogues, guidebooks, currency, textbooks, death notices, etc.--it's fascinating flipping through and reading just the texts themselves. This is an almost addictive read for anyone even remotely concerned with the history of the production and distribution of books and printed materials." Publisher's Weekly
"It is the most elaborate book publishing project in the history of the American Antiquarian Society, an institution that knows of what it speaks, when it speaks about books, publishing, their history and the implications." Sunday Telegram
"An impressive feat of scholarship by almost any measure." Early American Literature
"The fresh interpretations and the narrative cohesiveness of the various chapters from authorities in the field make this volume an auspicious beginning to what promises to be a landmark work that will shape scholarship on the history of the book in America for decades to come." Libraries and Culture
"This volume is enormous in scope, addressing virtually all facets of the history of the book in North America...Despite the size of the undertaking, Hall and Amory have assembled a complex yet readable and eminent;y useful volume, an essential resource for students and scholars and a benchmark in history of the book studies." South Atlantic Review
"This book is recommended for anyone interested in the history of early American culture or publishing." PA Magazine of History and Bio
"The first of the projected volumes of A History of the Book in America is a masterpiece of scholarship." Tearsheet From William & Mary Quarterly

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