The Book: A Global History

The Book: A Global History

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Edited by Michael F. Suarez, Edited by H.R. Woudhuysen

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 768 pages
  • Dimensions: 167mm x 241mm x 36mm | 1,424g
  • Publication date: 1 February 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 019967941X
  • ISBN 13: 9780199679416
  • Illustrations note: Over 60
  • Sales rank: 153,583

Product description

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 one affordable volume. 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 of 'the book', offering a truly global survey of the book around the world, the Oxford History of the Book is the most comprehensive work of its kind. The three new articles, specially commissioned for this spin-off, 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 hugely informative, this is a must-have for anyone with an interest in book history and the written word.

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Author information

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 the Circulation of Manuscripts, 1558-1640 was published in 1996.

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As a collection of essays, this will be of immense use. David McKitterick, Library & Information History

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