Simon Eliot, Jonathan Rose's A Companion to the History of the Book PDF

By Simon Eliot, Jonathan Rose

ISBN-10: 0470690941

ISBN-13: 9780470690949

ISBN-10: 1405127651

ISBN-13: 9781405127653

From the early Sumerian clay pill via to the emergence of the digital textual content, this Companion offers a continuing and coherent account of the background of the publication.

  • Makes use of illustrative examples and case reviews of famous texts
  • Written by means of a bunch of professional contributors
  • Covers topical debates, comparable to the character of censorship and the way forward for the booklet

Chapter 1 Why Bibliography issues (pages 7–20): T. H. Howard?Hill
Chapter 2 what's Textual Scholarship? (pages 21–32): David Greetham
Chapter three The makes use of of Quantification (pages 33–49): Alexis Weedon
Chapter four Readers: Books and Biography (pages 50–62): Stephen Colclough
Chapter five The Clay pill ebook in Sumer, Assyria, and Babylonia (pages 63–83): Eleanor Robson
Chapter 6 The Papyrus Roll in Egypt, Greece, and Rome (pages 84–94): Cornelia Roemer
Chapter 7 China (pages 95–110): J. S. Edgren
Chapter eight Japan, Korea, and Vietnam (pages 111–126): Peter Kornicki
Chapter nine South Asia (pages 126–137): Graham Shaw
Chapter 10 Latin the US (pages 138–152): Hortensia Calvo
Chapter eleven The Hebraic e-book (pages 153–164): Emile G. L. Schrijver
Chapter 12 The Islamic booklet (pages 165–176): Michael Albin
Chapter thirteen The Triumph of the Codex: The Manuscript ebook ahead of 1100 (pages 177–193): Michelle P. Brown
Chapter 14 Parchment and Paper: Manuscript tradition 1100–1500 (pages 194–206): M. T. Clanchy
Chapter 15 The Gutenberg Revolutions (pages 207–219): Lotte Hellinga
Chapter sixteen The ebook exchange Comes of Age: The 16th Century (pages 220–231): David J. Shaw
Chapter 17 The British publication marketplace 1600–1800 (pages 232–246): John Feather
Chapter 18 Print and Public in Europe 1600–1800 (pages 247–258): Rietje van Vliet
Chapter 19 North the USA and Transatlantic e-book tradition to 1800 (pages 259–272): Russell L. Martin
Chapter 20 The Industrialization of the publication 1800–1970 (pages 273–290): Rob Banham
Chapter 21 From Few and dear to Many and inexpensive: The British e-book industry 1800–1890 (pages 291–302): Simon Eliot
Chapter 22 A Continent of Texts: Europe 1800–1890 (pages 303–314): Jean?Yves Mollier and Marie?Franqise Cachin
Chapter 23 construction a countrywide Literature: the USA 1800–1890 (pages 315–328): Robert A. Gross
Chapter 24 The Globalization of the ebook 1800–1970 (pages 329–340): David Finkelstein
Chapter 25 Modernity and Print I: Britain 1890–1970 (pages 341–353): Jonathan Rose
Chapter 26 Modernity and Print II: Europe 1890–1970 (pages 354–367): Adriaan van der Weel
Chapter 27 Modernity and Print III: the us 1890–1970 (pages 368–380): Beth Luey
Chapter 28 Books and Bits: Texts and expertise 1970–2000 (pages 381–394): Paul Luna
Chapter 29 the worldwide industry 1970–2000: manufacturers (pages 395–405): Eva Hemmungs Wirten
Chapter 30 the worldwide industry 1970–2000: shoppers (pages 406–418): Claire Squires
Chapter 31 Periodicals and Periodicity (pages 419–433): James Wald
Chapter 32 the significance of Ephemera (pages 434–450): Martin Andrews
Chapter 33 the hot Textual applied sciences (pages 451–463): Charles Chadwyck?Healey
Chapter 34 New Histories of Literacy (pages 465–479): Patricia Crain
Chapter 35 a few Non?Textual makes use of of Books (pages 480–492): Rowan Watson
Chapter 36 The ebook as artwork (pages 493–507): Megan L. Benton
Chapter 37 Obscenity, Censorship, and Modernity (pages 508–519): Deana Heath
Chapter 38 Copyright and the production of Literary estate (pages 520–530): John Feather
Chapter 39 Libraries and the discovery of data (pages 531–543): Wayne A. Wiegand
Chapter forty Does the booklet Have a destiny? (pages 545–559): Angus Phillips

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For just as “theory” is best located in this medial position of conflict, so “text” is a weaving, a network, a tapestry; in other words, a textile, as its etymology displays. But while this “woven” sense of text is historically quite accurate – and is certainly the one that has been adopted by poststructuralists from Barthes (1977) onwards – there is another, competing sense that has become familiar (and enters the language at roughly the same time as the “textile” meaning). From the Latin textus, often, perhaps usually, referring to the validity and definitiveness of the biblical text, we have also come to look on “text” as something fixed, something carrying the weight of authority: “the text for today’s sermon is.

Similarly, in Britain, William St. Clair has gathered data from fifty publishing and printing archives in the Romantic period on prices, print runs, intellectual property, and readerships, and his work contains tables relating to these data (St. Clair 2004). In my own work on Victorian publishing, I have extracted production costs from publishers’ and printers’ ledgers and used them to quantify the growth by value of the industry and to estimate the size of the reading public, and I have drawn on official sources to compare this with the export trade in printed matter (tables containing these data are in the appendix to the book: Weedon 2003).

The efforts of the “social” textual scholars like McGann and McKenzie to place all texts within these cultural “negotiations” should therefore be seen as part of this general shift and thus sharing many of the same objectives and methods as historians of the book. Housman’s “play of personality” is still with us, but its scope is now wider, moving beyond just the author to all of those other agents (scribes, printers, publishers, booksellers, readers) who participate in the single great enterprise of a reformulated textual scholarship.

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