A History of British Publishing

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Psychology Press, 1988 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 292 pages
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This comprehensive history (first published in 1987) covers the whole period in which books have been printed in Britain. Though Gutenberg had the edge over Caxton, England quickly established itself in the forefront of the international book trade. The slow process of copying manuscripts gave way to an increasingly sophisticated trade in the printed word which brought original literature, translations, broadsheets and chapbooks and even the Bible within the purview of an increasingly broad slice of society. Powerful political forces continued to control the book trade for centuries before the principle of freedom of opinion was established. In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries the competition from pirated USA editions - where there were no copyright laws - provided a powerful threat to the trade. This period also saw the rise of remaindering, cheap literature, and many other 'modern' features of the trade. The author surveys all these developments, bringing his history up to the present age.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Press in Chains 14761695
4
Licence and Liberty 16951800
62
The First of the Mass Media 18001900
122
The Trade in the Twentieth Century
173
Notes
217
Bibliography
262
Index
284
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