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

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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 ...
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Overview

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.
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“It is one of the most exciting scholarly books ever written on printing ... This book is serious work—marvellously rich and stimulating.”—Hugh Trevor-Roper, The Sunday Times

“It ranks easily among the most consequential works of recent French scholarship ... One can safely predict that the ever broadening implications of the work of Febvre and Martin will continue to occupy scholarly attention for many years to come.”—Times Literary Supplement

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781859841082
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Series: Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • 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.

Henri-Jean Martin is a distinguished historian of the development of early printing.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Preface 9
Manuscripts 15
1 Preliminaries: The Introduction of Paper into Europe 29
2 The Technical Problems and their Solution 45
3 The Book: Its Visual Appearance 77
4 The Book as a Commodity 109
5 The Little World of the Book 128
6 The Geography of the Book 167
7 The Book Trade 216
8 The Book as a Force for Change 248
Notes 333
Index 355
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