Coming of the Book: The Impact of Printing, 1450-1800

Coming of the Book: The Impact of Printing, 1450-1800

by Lucien Febvre
     
 

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Books, and the printed word more generally, are aspects of modern life that are all too often taken for granted. Yet the emergence of the book was a process of immense historical importance and heralded the dawning of the epoch of modernity. In this much praised history of that process, Lucien Febvre and Henri-Jean Martin mesh together economic and technological…  See more details below

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Books, and the printed word more generally, are aspects of modern life that are all too often taken for granted. Yet the emergence of the book was a process of immense historical importance and heralded the dawning of the epoch of modernity. In this much praised history of that process, Lucien Febvre and Henri-Jean Martin mesh together economic and technological history, sociology and anthropology, as well as the study of modes of consciousness, to root the development of the printed word in the changing social relations and ideological struggles of Western Europe.

Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement
It ranks easily among the most consequential works of recent French scholarship.
Sunday Times
It is one of the most exciting scholarly books ever written on printing ... This book is serious work—marvelously rich and stimulating.
From the Publisher
“It is one of the most exciting scholarly books ever written on printing ... This book is serious work—marvelously rich and stimulating.”—Hugh Trevor-Roper, Sunday Times

“It ranks easily among the most consequential works of recent French scholarship.”—Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859841082
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
01/28/1997
Series:
Classics Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
5.27(w) x 8.42(h) x 1.12(d)

Meet the Author

Lucien Febvre, who died in 1956, was cofounder of the influential journal Annales, and is widely recognized as one of the foremost historians of the twentieth century. His other books include A Geographical Introduction to History, The Problem of Unbelief in the Sixteenth Century: The Religion of Rabelais and Life in Renaissance France.

Henri-Jean Martin was a distinguished historian of the development of early printing. His other publications include The French Book: Religion, Absolutism and Readership, 1585–1715 and The History and Power of Writing.

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