This volume covers the history of printing and publishing from the lapse of government licensing of printed works in 1695 to the development of publishing as a specialist commercial undertaking and the industrialization of book production around 1830. During this period, literacy rose and the world of print became an integral part of everyday life, a phenomenon that had profound effects on politics and commerce, on literature and cultural identity, on education and the dissemination of practical knowledge. Written by a distinguished international team of experts, this study examines print culture from all angles: readers and authors, publishers and booksellers; books, newspapers and periodicals; social places and networks for reading; new genres (children's books, the novel); the growth of specialist markets; and British book exports, especially to the colonies. Interdisciplinary in its perspective, this book will be an important scholarly resource for many years to come.
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of pages: 1094
Weight: 1700 g
Dimensions: 235 x 158 x 62 mm
'This volume of The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain is an impressive and valuable achievement: it not only surveys a vast range of material, but also presents a great deal of detailed new primary research.' Rosemary Dixon, Queen Mary, University of London
'This volume provides essential reading for both expert and beginning scholar ... wide-ranging, scholarly and frequently fascinating examination of print products embedded in their wider contexts ...' Stefanie Lethbridge, Zeitschrift fur Anglistik und Amerikanistik
"The most ambitious and arguably the most successful volume to date."
Huntington Library Quarterly, David Gants, Florida State University