A History of the Book in America: Colonial Book in the Atlantic World v. 1

A History of the Book in America: Colonial Book in the Atlantic World v. 1

Paperback History of the Book in America (University of NC)

Edited by Hugh Amory, Edited by David D. Hall, Contributions by Hugh Amory, Contributions by Ross W. Beales, Contributions by John Bidwell, Contributions by Richard D. Brown, Contributions by Charles E. Clark, Contributions by James N. Green, Contributions by David D. Hall, Contributions by Russell L. Martin

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  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Format: Paperback | 664 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 229mm x 43mm | 1,021g
  • Publication date: 15 June 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Chapel Hill
  • ISBN 10: 0807858269
  • ISBN 13: 9780807858264
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 51 illustrations, 5 tables, 15 graphs
  • Sales rank: 1,333,218

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"The Colonial Book in the Atlantic World" carries the interrelated stories of publishing, writing, and reading from the beginning of the colonial period in America up to 1790. Three major themes run through the volume: the persisting connections between the book trade in the Old World and the New, evidenced in modes of intellectual and cultural exchange and the dominance of imported, chiefly English books; the gradual emergence of a competitive book trade in which newspapers were the largest form of production; and the institution of a "culture of the Word," organized around an essentially theological understanding of print, authorship, and reading, complemented by other frameworks of meaning that included the culture of republicanism. "The Colonial Book in the Atlantic World" also traces the histories of literary and learned culture, censorship and "freedom of the press," and literacy and orality.

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HUGH AMORY (1930-2001) was Senior Rare Book Cataloger at the Houghton Library, Harvard University. DAVID D. HALL is professor of American religious history at Harvard Divinity School.

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"A masterpiece of scholarship." - Roger Chartier, The William and Mary Quarterly "The best formal synthesis we have on the topic of print and book production in early America." - Early American Literature"

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"Three major themes run through the volume: the persisting connections between the book trade in the Old World and the New; the gradual emergence of a competitive book trade in which newspapers were the largest form of production; and the institution of a "culture of the World, " organized around an essentially theological understanding of print, authorship, and reading, complemented by other frameworks of meaning that included the culture of republicanism."--BOOK JACKET.

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This first volume of the five-volume series on the history of the book in America carries the interrelated stories of publishing, writing, and reading from the beginning of the colonial period in America up to 1790. Three major themes run through the volume: the persisting connections between the book trade in the Old World and the New; the gradual emergence of a competitive book trade in which newspapers were the largest form of production; and the institution of a "culture of the Word," organized around an essentially theological understanding of print, authorship, and reading. The volume also traces the histories of literary and learned culture, censorship and "freedom of the press," and literacy and orality.