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The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain


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Introduction John Barnard; Part I. Religion and Politics: 1. Religious publishing in England 1557–1640 Patrick Collinson, Arnold Hunt and Alexandra Walsham; 2. Religious publishing in England c.1640–1695 Ian Green and Kate Peters; Part II. Oral Traditions and Scribal Culture: 3. Oral and scribal texts in early modern England Harold Love; 4. John Donne and the circulation of manuscripts Peter Beal; 5. Music books Mary Chan; Part III. Literature of the Learned: 6. The Latin trade Julian Roberts; 7. Patronage and the printing of learned works for the author Graham Parry; 8. University printing at Oxford and Cambridge David McKitterick; 9. Editing the past: classical and historical scholarship Nicolas Barker; 10. Maps and atlases Laurence Worms; 11. The literature of travel Michael Brennan; 12. Science and the book Adrian Johns; 13. Samuel Hartlib and the commonwealth of learning Mark Greengrass; 14. Ownership, private and public libraries Elisabeth Leedham-Green and David McKitterick; 15. Monastic collections and their disposal James P. Carley; Part IV. Literary Canons: 16. Literature, the playhouse and the public John Pitcher; 17. Milton Joad Raymond; 18. The Restoration poetic and dramatic canon Paul Hammond; 19. Non-conformist voices Nigel Smith; 20. Women writing and women written Maureen Bell; Part V. Vernacular Traditions: 21. The Bible trade B. J. McMullin; 22. English law books and legal publishing J. H. Baker; 23. ABCs, almanacs, ballads, chapbooks, popular piety and textbooks R. C. Simmons; 24. Books for daily life: household, husbandry, behaviour Lynette Hunter; 25. The creation of the periodical press 1620–1695 Carolyn Nelson and Matthew Seccombe; Part VI. The Business of Print: 26. Printing and publishing 1557–1700: constraints on the London book trades D. F. McKenzie; 27. The economic context 1557–1695 James Raven; 28. French paper in English books John Bidwell; 29. The old English letter foundries Nicolas Barker; 30. Bookbinding Mirjam M. Foot; 31. Mise-en-page, illustration, expressive form: introduction Maureen Bell; Paratextual features of printed books Randall Anderson; The typography of Hobbes's Leviathan Peter Campbell; The Polyglot Bible Nicolas Barker; The look of news: Popish Plot narratives 1678–1680 Harold Love; Sir Roger L'Estrange: the journalism of orality T. A. Birrell; Part VII. Beyond London: Production, Distribution, Reception: 32. The English provinces John Barnard and Maureen Bell; 33. Scotland Jonquil Bevan; 34. The book in Ireland from the Tudor re-conquest to the Battle of the Boyne Robert Welch; 35. Wales Philip Henry Jones; 36. British books abroad: the Continent Paul Hoftijzer; 37. British books abroad: the American colonies Hugh Amory; Part VIII. Disruption and Restructuring: The Late Seventeenth-Century Book Trade: 38. The stationers and the printing acts at the end of the seventeenth century Michael Treadwell; Statistical appendices: 1. Statistical tables; 2. Stationers' company apprentices C. Y. Ferdinand.

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This volume contains thirty-eight chapters on print culture in a time of religious divisions and civil war.

About the Author

John Barnard was, until 2001, Professor of English Literature at the University of Leeds. D. F. McKenzie was amongst the most influential bibliographers of his generation. Maureen Bell is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at the University of Birmingham.


'The bibliography is extensive and detailed, and the index comprehensive and thorough. … here we have, naturally in book form, a major scholarly survey of just about every aspect of the book, commercial, physical and intellectual.' Reference Reviews

'… this fourth volume of the The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain will be a constant source of information and a stimulus to further thought: like its predecessor, it is a splendid achievement.' The Times Literary Supplement

'… the editors deserve congratulation for persuading so many eminent scholars to write to their strengths in such a pleasantly readable manner.' The Times Literary Supplement

'… the volume's range of scholarship is impressive. A rich group of illustrations … add to the reader's understanding of the texts themselves … must immediately become required reading for any student of early modern religion … All the contributors, as well as Cambridge University Press, must be congratulated on this splendidly comprehensive volume … it is a pleasure to read as well as an invaluable reference work.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History

'However, what this volume should do is encourage book historians out of their period and subject specialisms. It should also stimulate a broader acknowledgment of the importance of the book and the book trade.' Journal of the Printing Historical Society

'… our … most heartfelt thanks go to Cambridge University Press for a 'Cambridge History' fully worthy of its distinguished predecessors.' The Book Collector

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