The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain: Volume 6

The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain: Volume 6

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Cambridge University Press, 3/5/2009
EAN 9780521866248, ISBN10: 0521866243

Hardcover, 826 pages, 23.7 x 15 x 4.2 cm
Language: English

The years 1830–1914 witnessed a revolution in the manufacture and use of books as great as that in the fifteenth century. Using new technology in printing, paper-making and binding, publishers worked with authors and illustrators to meet ever-growing and more varied demands from a population seeking books at all price levels. The essays by leading book historians in this volume show how books became cheap, how publishers used the magazine and newspaper markets to extend their influence, and how book ownership became universal for the first time. The fullest account ever published of the nineteenth-century revolution in printing, publishing and bookselling, this volume brings The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain up to a point when the world of books took on a recognisably modern form.

Introduction David McKitterick
1. Changes in the look of the book David McKitterick
2. The illustration revolution Michael Twyman
3. The serial revolution Graham Law and Robert L. Patten
4. Authorship Patrick Leary and Andrew Nash
5. Copyright Catherine Seville
6. Distribution Stephen Colclough
7. Reading Stephen Colclough and David Vincent
8. Mass markets
religion Michael Ledger-Lomas
9. Mass markets
education Christopher Stray and Gillian Sutherland
10. Mass markets
children's books Brian Alderson and Andrea Immel
11. Mass markets
literature Simon Eliot and Andrew Nash
12. Publishing science, technology and mathematics James A. Secord
13. Publishing for leisure Victoria Cooper and Dave Russell
14. Publishing for the professions David McKitterick
15. Organised knowledge David McKitterick
16. The information revolution Aileen Fyfe
17. A place in the world John Barnes, Bill Bell, Rimi Chatterjee, Wallace Kirsop and Michael Winship
18. A place in time David McKitterick
19. A publishing year - 1891 Simon Eliot and Richard Freebury
20. Where do we go from here? William St Clair

'The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain is one of the great scholarly enterprises of our time. ... Far from being a series of good essays on interesting topics, taken as a whole this book is not merely the best history of the book in nineteenth-century Britain which we have. It is, in the present state of our knowledge, just about the best that could be written.' John Feather, Loughborough University, CILIP