A History of the Book in America: Volume 3: The Industrial Book, 1840-1880 / Edition 1

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This volume of A History of the Book in America covers the creation, distribution, and uses of print and books in the mid-nineteenth century, when a truly national book trade emerged. Essays examine the rise of the manufactured, bound product and the idea of the book as the quintessential product of the industrialization of both the print and papermaking trades, which depended on new nationwide networks for finance, transportation, and communication. The volume also chronicles the rise of a uniquely American print culture, as reading and writing were increasingly conceived of as essential to American citizenship, economic success, and cultural achievement.

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Editorial Reviews

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"What the History of the Book series shows so clearly is that the world we know, the communities to which we already belong, are reified and reinforced by books. Such is the incredible and incredibly flexible power of this primitive technology. Behold the book: It is limited but perfect."—Humanities magazine

"Provides superb expositions of current scholarship on the history of the book. . . . Places the handsome, often gold-stamped, book-product front and center in a larger print universe operating in many sites. . . . [A] wonderfully rich complexity."—Journal of American History

"A model of scholarly publication and institutional cooperation. . . . A timely achievement and a great one. . . . Without university presses, we would still be waiting for HBA."—Journal of Scholarly Publishing

"Admirable. . . . Bears reading for new approaches to understanding how print culture affected the lives of Americans in a myriad of social settings and occupations."—Printing History

"Succeeds both as a reference work and as a status report on the field's scholarship. . . . Relevant and lucidly written."—Technology and Culture

"Generously illustrated, and numerous tables and graphs make statistically dense chapters accessible. . . . Recommend[ed] without hesitation."—Resources for American Literary Study

"The depth found in the work edited by Casper, Groves, Nissenbaum, and Winship stands alone in currently available scholarship."—American Reference Books Annual

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807830857
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 7/9/2007
  • Series: A History of the Book in America Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 560
  • Product dimensions: 6.35 (w) x 9.52 (h) x 1.61 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott E. Casper is associate professor of history at the University of Nevada, Reno, and author of Constructing American Lives: Biography and Culture in Nineteenth-Century America.

Jeffrey D. Groves is professor of literature at Harvey Mudd College and coeditor, with Scott Casper and Joanne D. Chaison, of Perspectives on American Book History: Artifacts and Commentary.

Michael Winship is Howard Regents Professor of English II at the University of Texas at Austin and author of American Literary Publishing in the Mid-Nineteenth Century: The Business of Ticknor and Fields.

David D. Hall is professor of American religious history at Harvard Divinity School.

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