The Oxford History of the Irish Book, Volume III: The Irish Book in English, 1550-1800

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Raymond Gillespie, Andrew Hadfield
OUP Oxford, Feb 2, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 500 pages
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The Oxford History of the Irish Book is a major new series that charts the development of the book in Ireland from its origins within an early medieval manuscript culture to its current incarnation alongside the rise of digital media in the twenty-first century. Volume III: The Irish Book in English, 1550-1800 contains a series of groundbreaking essays that seek to explain the fortunes of printed word from the early Renaissance to the end of the eighteenth century. The essays in section one explain the development of print culture in the period, from its first incarnation in the small area of the English Pale around Dublin, dominated by the interests of the English authorities, to the more widespread dispersal of the printing press at the close of the eighteenth century, when provincial presses developed their own character and style either alongside or as a challenge to the dominant intellectual culture. Section two explains the crucial developments in the structure and technical innovation of the print trade; the role played by private and public collections of books; and the evidence of changing reading practices throughout the period. The third and longest section explores the impact of the rise of print. Essays examine the effect that the printed book had on religious and political life in Ireland, providing a case study of the impact of the French Revolution on pamphlets and propaganda in Ireland; the transformations illustrated in the history of historical writing, as well as in literature and the theatre, through the publication of play texts for a wide audience. Others explore the impact that print had on the history of science and the production of foreign language books. The volume concludes with an authoritative bibliographical essay outlining the sources that exist for the study of the book in early modern Ireland. This is an authoritative volume with essays by key scholars that will be the standard guide for many years to come.
 

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Contents

Introduction The English Language Book in Ireland c15501800
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PRINT CULTURE
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Print Culture 15501700
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Print Culture 17001800
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THE STRUCTURE OF PRINT
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The Print Trade 15501700
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The Print Trade 17001800
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COLLECTING AND READING PRINT
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Political Publishing 15501700
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Political Publishing 17001800
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Politics and Print A Case Study
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Historical Writing 15501660
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Literature in Print 15501800
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Theatre and Print 15501800
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Libraries and Collectors 15501700
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Reading Print 15501700
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Reading Print 17001800
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THE IMPACT OF PRINT
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Religious Change 15501800
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Science 15501800
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Foreign Language Books 15501700
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Foreign Language Books 17001800
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SOURCES FOR PRINT
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Sources for the History of the Early Modern Book in Ireland
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About the author (2006)

Raymond Gillespie is Associate Professor in the Department of Modern History at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Andrew Hadfield in Professor of English at the University of Sussex.