The Coming of the Book: The Impact of Printing 1450-1800
Books, and the printed word more generally, are aspects of modern life that are all too often taken for granted. Yet the emergence of the book was a process of immense historical importance and heralded the dawning of the epoch of modernity. In this much praised history of that process, Lucien Febvre and Henri-Jean Martin mesh together economic and technological history, sociology and anthropology, as well as the study of modes of consciousness, to root the development of the printed word in the changing social relations and ideological struggles of Western Europe.
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The Introduction of Paper into Europe
The Technical Problems and their Solution
Its Visual Appearance
The Book as a Commodity
The Little World of the Book
The Geography of the Book
The Book Trade
The Book as a Force for Change
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