A Companion to the History of the Book

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Simon Eliot, Jonathan Rose
John Wiley & Sons, Aug 24, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 616 pages
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From the early Sumerian clay tablet through to the emergence of the electronic text, this Companion provides a continuous and coherent account of the history of the book.
  • Makes use of illustrative examples and case studies of well-known texts
  • Written by a group of expert contributors
  • Covers topical debates, such as the nature of censorship and the future of the book
 

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Contents

Why Bibliography Matters
9
What is Textual Scholarship?
21
The Uses of Quantification
33
Readers Books and Biography
50
The History of the Material Text
63
The World before the Codex
65
The Clay Tablet Book in Sumer Assyria and Babylonia
67
The Papyrus Roll in Egypt Greece and Rome
84
A Continent of Texts Europe 18001890
303
Building a National Literature The United States 18001890
315
The Globalization of the Book 18001970
329
Modernity and Print I Britain 18901970
341
Modernity and Print II Europe 18901970
354
Modernity and Print III The United States 18901970
368
Books and Bits Texts and Technology 19702000
381
The Global Market 19702000 Producers
395

The Book beyond the West
95
China
97
Japan Korea and Vietnam
111
South Asia
126
Latin America
138
The Hebraic Book
153
The Islamic Book
165
The Codex in the West 4002000
177
The Triumph of the Codex The Manuscript Book before 1100
179
Parchment and Paper Manuscript Culture 11001500
194
The Gutenberg Revolutions
207
The Book Trade Comes of Age The Sixteenth Century
220
The British Book Market 16001800
232
Print and Public in Europe 16001800
247
North America and Transatlantic Book Culture to 1800
259
The Industrialization of the Book 18001970
273
From Few and Expensive to Many and Cheap The British Book Market 18001890
291
The Global Market 19702000 Consumers
406
Beyond the Book
419
Periodicals and Periodicity
421
The Importance of Ephemera
434
The New Textual Technologies
451
Issues
465
New Histories of Literacy
467
Some Nontextual Uses of Books
480
The Book as Art
493
Obscenity Censorship and Modernity
508
Copyright and the Creation of Literary Property
520
Libraries and the Invention of Information
531
Coda
545
Does the Book Have a Future?
547
Index
560
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About the author (2011)

Simon Eliot is Professor of the History of the Book in the Institute of English Studies, part of the School of Advanced Study in the University of London, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Manuscript and Print Studies. He is General Editor of the new multivolume History of Oxford University Press and editor of the journal Publishing History. His publications include Literary Cultures and the Material Book (2007) and Some Patterns and Trends in British Publishing, 1800–1919 (1994).

Jonathan Rose is Professor of History at Drew University. He was the founding president of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing and is co-editor of the journal Book History. His publications include The Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes (2001), The Holocaust and the Book: Destruction and Preservation (2001), and British Literary Publishing Houses, 1820–1965 (1991).

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