Cheap Bibles: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the British and Foreign Bible Society / Edition 1

Cheap Bibles: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the British and Foreign Bible Society / Edition 1

by Leslie Howsam
     
 

The cheap Bibles of nineteenth-century Britain were not only read in millions of homes, embodying the Protestant principle of access to the Scriptures, but were also potent symbols of national virtue. In an age of social ferment cheap Bibles--most published by the British and Foreign Bible Society--represented both the promise of mass literacy and the benefits of… See more details below

Overview

The cheap Bibles of nineteenth-century Britain were not only read in millions of homes, embodying the Protestant principle of access to the Scriptures, but were also potent symbols of national virtue. In an age of social ferment cheap Bibles--most published by the British and Foreign Bible Society--represented both the promise of mass literacy and the benefits of industrialization. This book, based on correspondence and other archival records, tells the story of the BFBS from two perspectives: its place in the history of publishing and printing and in contemporary society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521522120
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/08/2002
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Publishing and Printing History Series
Edition description:
First Paperback Edition
Pages:
245
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Sources and acknowledgments; 1. Saints in publishing; 2. A Bible translation, 1804–1840; 3. The BFBS and English printers, 1804–1864; 4. The BFBS and London bookbinders, 1811–1864; 5. The BFBS and bookselling, 1804–1864; 6. The transaction renewed, 1850s and 60s; Epilogue; Appendix; Select book list; Notes.

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