The Commonwealth of Books: Essays and Studies in Honour of Ian Willison

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Wallace Kirsop
Centre For The Book, Monash University, Jan 1, 2007 - Antiques & Collectibles - 271 pages
Ian Willison, whose professional life was spent in the British Museum Library, later the British Library, has played a leading part in the development of book-history studies in the English-speaking world. In the two decades since his retirement from a post that gave him administrative and intellectual oversight of the library's rare-book and English-language programmes, he hasmade an enormous contribution to the organization and encouragement of research and publications in a new and expanding field of historical endeavour. Official and deserved recognition of his efforts came in 2005 with his appointment as a Commander in the Order of the British Empire.The present volume brings together a selection of essays and studies by some of Willison's many friends, colleagues and associates . The topics covered-on book history, libraries, archives and scholarship-reflect the breadth of his interests and the scope of his curiosity. From the inside story of the major edition of George Orwell's works to the investigation of New Zealand's print culture a surprising mix of subjects suggests the many ways in which the West's book heritage and desire to order knowledge can be explored and illuminated. The contributors have been and are intimately involved in diverse aspects of the reshaping of our access to means of communication and civilization. As a result, the volume offers, as well as precise studies of the history of textual transmission and of intellectual debates, insights into an evolving discipline and into its attempts to understand our culture in depth.

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Contents

DAVID McKITTERICK Ian Willison
12
J PAUL HUNTER Making Books Generating Genres
18
Thomas Grenville and Lord Amherst
78
Towards a Life
96
Printing and Publishing
120
SIMON ELIOT Whither Book History in the UK and Beyond?
136
Report
149
ROBIN ALSTON Bibliography and Cultural History
164
Some Reflections on the Historical
181
The Culture and Politics
209
Einige vorlaufige Notizen
227
WALLACE KIRSOP Scholarship Collecting and Libraries in the Old
242
List of contributors
272
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