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A concise edition of the highly acclaimed Oxford Companion to the Book, this book features the 51 articles from the Companion plus 3 brand new chapters in an affordable format! The 54 chapters introduce readers to the fascinating world of book history. Including 21 thematic studies on topics such as writing systems, the ancient and the medieval book, and the economics of print, as well as 33 regional and national histories, offering a truly global survey of the book around the world, The Book: A Global History is the most comprehensive work of its kind. The three new articles, specially commissioned for this edition, cover censorship, copyright and intellectual property, and book history in the Caribbean and Bermuda.
All essays are illustrated throughout with reproductions, diagrams, and examples of various typographical features. Beautifully produced and highly informative, this is a must-have for anyone with an interest in book history and the written word.
Michael F. Suarez, S.J., University of Virginia,H. R. Woudhuysen, Lincoln College, Oxford
Michael F. Suarez S.J. is Professor and Director of the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia. Formerly the J. A. Kavanaugh Professor of English at Fordham University in New York and Fellow and Tutor in English at Campion Hall, Oxford, he is co-editor of The Cambridge History of the Book inBritain, Volume 5, 1695-1830 (2009) and co-general editor of The Collected Works of Gerard Manley Hopkins, 8 vols (2006- ).
H. R. Woudhuysen is Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford. He has edited The Penguin Book of Renaissance Verse (1992), with David Norbrook; Love's Labour's Lost (1998) and, with Katherine Duncan-Jones, Shakespeare's Poems (2007) for the Arden Shakespeare third series. His book Sir Philip Sidney and theCirculation of Manuscripts, 1558-1640 was published in 1996.
Table of Contents
Introduction Writing Systems The Sacred Book The Ancient Book The History of the Book in Byzantium The European Medieval Book The European Printing Revolution The Book as Symbol The Transmission of Jewish Knowledge through MSS & Printed Books Missionary Printing Paper The Technologies of Print The Economics of Print Censorship Copyright and Intellectual Property The Manuscript after the Coming of Print Printed Ephemera Children's Books The History of Illustration and its Technologies Bookbinding Theories of Text, Editorial Theory, and Textual Criticism The Electronic Book Britain, c. 1475-1800 Britain, 1801-1914 Britain from 1914 Ireland France the Low Countries Germany Switzerland the Nordic Countries the Iberian Peninsula Italy Modern Greece, c. 1453-2000 Austria Hungary Czech Republic and Slovakia Poland the Baltic States Slavonic Book in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus the Balkans Sub-Saharan Africa the Muslim World the Indian Subcontinent China Korea Japan Southeast Asia (1): The Islands Southeast Asia (2): The Mainland Australia New Zealand Latin America Canada America West Indies/Caribbean