The Oxford History of the Irish Book: Volume III: The Irish Book in English, 1550-1800

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The Oxford History of the Irish Book is a major new series that charts the development of the book in Ireland from its origins within an early medieval manuscript culture to its current incarnation alongside the rise of digital media in the twenty-first century.

Volume III: The Irish Book in English, 1550-1800 contains a series of groundbreaking essays that seek to explain the fortunes of printed word from the early Renaissance to the end of the eighteenth century. The essays in section one explain the development of print culture in the period, from its first incarnation in the small area of the English Pale around Dublin, dominated by the interests of the English authorities, to the more widespread dispersal of the printing press at the close of the eighteenth century, when provincial presses developed their own character and style either alongside or as a challenge to the dominant intellectual culture. Section two explains the crucial developments in the structure and technical innovation of the print trade; the role played by private and public collections of books; and the evidence of changing reading practices throughout the period. The third and longest section explores the impact of the rise of print. Essays examine the effect that the printed book had on religious and political life in Ireland, providing a case study of the impact of the French Revolution on pamphlets and propaganda in Ireland; the transformations illustrated in the history of historical writing, as well as in literature and the theatre, through the publication of play texts for a wide audience. Others explore the impact that print had on the history of science and the production of foreign language books. The volume concludes with an authoritative bibliographical essay outlining the sources that exist for the study of the book in early modern Ireland. This is an authoritative volume with essays by key scholars that will be the standard guide for many years to come.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This volume is significant in the emerging history of the Irish book. It will stimulate discussion on the nature of Irish book history and its future."-Aileen Douglas, Trinity College Dublin

"This collection will be an indeispensable reference tool for those looking for details of its influence on politics, religion, science, or society at large."—Matthew Jenkinson, Journal of British Studies

"This collection will be an indeispensable reference tool for those looking for details of its influence on politics, religion, science, or society at large."—Matthew Jenkinson, Journal of British Studies

"A brilliant achievement...Readable, fascinating, well planned, and accessible, this history exceeds its brief in providing a history of production and reception that contemporary scholars will find an invaluable resource of intellectual reference. It is also a survey to which the casual reader might turn with profit." —Eighteenth-Century Life

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199247059
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford
  • Publication date: 3/24/2006
  • Series: History of the Irish Book Series
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Raymond Gillespie is Associate Professor in the Department of Modern History at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Andrew Hadfield in Professor of English at the University of Sussex.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction, Raymond Gillespie and Andrew Hadfield
Print Culture
2. Print Culture, 1550-1700, Raymond Gillespie
3. Print Culture, 1700-1800, Toby Barnard
The Structure of Print
4. The Print Trade, 1550-1700, Colm Lennon
5. The Print Trade, 1700-1800, Colm Lennon
Collecting and Reading Print
6. Libraries and Collectors, 1550-1700, Elizabethanne Boran
7. Libraries and Collectors, 1700-1800, Toby Barnard
8. Reading Print, 1550-1700, Raymond Gillespie
9. Reading print, 1700-1800, Máire Kennedy
The Impact of Print
10. Religious Change, 1550-1800, Thomas O'Connor
11. Political Publishing, 1550-1700, James Kelly
12. Political Publishing, 1700-1800, James Kelly
13. Politics and Print: A Case Study, Allan Blackstock
14. Historical Writing, 1550-1660, Andrew Hadfield
15. Historical Writing, 1660-1750, Bernadette Cunningham
16. Historical Writing, 1750-1800, Deana Rankin
17. Literature in Print, 1550-1800, Andrew Carpenter
18. Theatre and Print, 1550-1800, Christopher Morash
19. Science, 1550-1800, Siobhán Fitzpatrick
20. Foreign Language Books, 1550-1700, Mary Ann Lyons
21. Foreign Language Books, 1700-1800, Máire Kennedy
Sources for Print
22. Sources for the History of the Early Modern Book in Ireland, Raymond Gillespie

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