9780674009554

Printing for Profit : The Commercial Publishers of Jianyang, Fujian (11th-17th Centuries)

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  • ISBN13:

    9780674009554

  • ISBN10:

    067400955X

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2003-03-30
  • Publisher: Harvard Univ Pr
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Summary

From the eleventh through the seventeenth centuries, the publishers of Jianyang in Fujian province played a conspicuous role in the Chinese book trade. Unlike the products of government and educational presses, their publications were destined for the retail book market. These publishers survived by responding to consumer demands for dictionaries, histories, geographies, medical texts, encyclopedias, primers, how-to books, novels, and anthologies. Their publications reflect the varied needs of the full range of readers in late imperial China and allow us to study the reading habits, tastes, and literacy of different social groups. The publishers of Jianyang were also businessmen, and their efforts to produce books efficiently, meet the demands of the market, and distribute their publications provide a window on commerce and industry and the growth of regional and national markets. The broad cultural, historical, and geographical scope of the Jianyang book trade makes it an ideal subject for the study of publishing in China. Based on an extensive study of Jianyang imprints, genealogies of the leading families of printers, local histories, documents, and annotated catalogs and bibliographies, Lucille Chia has written not only a history of commercial printing but also a wide-ranging study of the culture of the book in traditional China.

Table of Contents

Tables, Maps, and Figures
xiii
Abbreviations xvii
Dynasties and Reign Periods xix
Part I
Introduction
3(21)
Purpose and Scope of Study
3(4)
Jianyang and the History of Chinese Publishing
7(7)
A Note on the Main Sources
14(4)
The Geography of Minbei
18(6)
The Physical Appearance of Jianyang Woodblock Imprints
24(41)
Materials Used in Book Production
25(9)
Woodblock Carving
34(5)
The Design of the Jianyang Block-Printed Book
39(26)
Part II
The Development of the Jianyang Book Trade, Song-Yuan
65(35)
Historical Background
71(4)
Jianyang Publishers
75(4)
The Liu, Yu, and Xiong Families of Publishers
79(21)
Jianyang Imprints of the Song and Yuan
100(49)
Visual Appearances of Jianyang Imprints of the Song and Yuan
100(16)
Mashaben
116(10)
Jianyang Imprints: A Survey
126(15)
Summary and Some Contrarian Conclusions
141(8)
Part III
The Jianyang Book Trade During the Ming
149(44)
Historical Background
150(4)
Commercial and Government Publishers of Jianyang
154(26)
Charting the Jianyang Book Trade During the Ming
180(13)
Jianyang Imprints of the Ming
193(62)
The Visual Appearance of Ming Jianyang Imprints
193(27)
A Selective Survey of Jianyang Imprints of the Ming
220(27)
The Qing Aftermath
247(3)
Recapitulation
250(5)
Conclusion
255(66)
Appendixes
A Selected List of Song and Yuan Jianyang Imprints
267(12)
B Lists of Jianyang Publishers
279(28)
C Compiling the Bibliography of Jianyang Imprints
307(14)
Reference Matter
Notes 321(70)
Works Cited 391(28)
Glossary-Index 419

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