A History of Cambridge University Press, Volume 2: Scholarship and Commerce, 1698-1872

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This second volume of the history of Cambridge University Press deals with a period of fundamental change in printing, publishing and bookselling. The purpose of this book is not only to chronicle the history of the Press, but also to set it in this context of change: to examine how the forces of commerce collided with the hopes or demands of scholarship and education, and how, in the end, one was made to exploit the other. It opens with the new arrangements made by the University for printing in Cambridge in the 1690s, and closes on the eve of the opening of new premises in London.

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"...magesterial....well written, in an accessible style, and simply packed full of information. Both academic and nonacademic historians in a number of fields will find useful information in this book." Anita Guerrini, The Public Historian

"...this is one book that is almost worth its outrageous price. It is well written, in an accessible style, and simply packed full of information." The Public Historian

"David McKitterick's History...is bound to become a classic of its kind and serve as a model to all those who undertake to recount the story of any major publishing house." L&C

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgments; List of abbreviations; Note on currency; 1. A world for books; 2. Changes to books and the book trade; 3. Founding a new press; 4. Crownfield, authors and the book trade; 5. Crownfield's later years; 6. The mid eighteenth-century printing house; 7. Booksellers and authors; 8. Bentham and Bibles; 9. Baskerville and Bentham; 10. An age of ferment; 11. John Archdeacon; 12. John Burges; 13. Richard Watts and the beginning of stereotyping; 14. Hellenism and John Smith; 15. John Smith; 16. John Parker: London publisher and Cambridge printer; 17. Enterprise, authors and learning; 18. Partnership; 19. Macmillan; 20. Opening in London; Appendix; Notes; Index.

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