The Book in the Renaissance

The Book in the Renaissance

by Andrew Pettegree
     
 

The dawn of print was a major turning point in the early modern world. It rescued ancient learning from obscurity, transformed knowledge of the natural and physical world, and brought the thrill of book ownership to the masses. But, as Andrew Pettegree reveals in this work of great historical merit, the story of the post-Gutenberg world was rather more complicated

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The dawn of print was a major turning point in the early modern world. It rescued ancient learning from obscurity, transformed knowledge of the natural and physical world, and brought the thrill of book ownership to the masses. But, as Andrew Pettegree reveals in this work of great historical merit, the story of the post-Gutenberg world was rather more complicated than we have often come to believe.

The Book in the Renaissance reconstructs the first 150 years of the world of print, exploring the complex web of religious, economic, and cultural concerns surrounding the printed word. From its very beginnings, the printed book had to straddle financial and religious imperatives, as well as the very different requirements and constraints of the many countries who embraced it, and, as Pettegree argues, the process was far from a runaway success. More than ideas, the success or failure of books depended upon patrons and markets, precarious strategies and the thwarting of piracy, and the ebb and flow of popular demand. Owing to his state-of-the-art and highly detailed research, Pettegree crafts an authoritative, lucid, and truly pioneering work of cultural history about a major development in the evolution of European society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300178210
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
10/31/2011
Pages:
440
Sales rank:
921,520
Product dimensions:
8.44(w) x 5.58(h) x 1.33(d)

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Prelude

Part I Beginnings

1 The Book Before Print 3

2 The Invention of Printing 21

3 Renaissance Encounters: The Crisis of Print 43

Part II Consolidation

4 The Creation of a European Book Market 65

5 Book Town Wittenberg 91

6 Luther's Legacy 107

7 First with the News 130

8 Polite Recreations 151

9 At School 177

Part III Conflict

10 The Literature of Conflict 203

11 The Search for Order 226

12 Market Forces 249

Part IV New Worlds

13 Science and Exploration 273

14 Healing 297

15 Building a Library 319

16 Word and the Street 333

A Note on Sources: Mapping the Geography of Print 353

Appendix: A Summary of printed outputs throughout Europe, 1450-1600 357

Acknowledgements 358

Abbreviations 360

Notes 362

Bibliography 391

Index 408

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