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A History of the Book in America: Industrial Book, 1840-1880 v. 3

A History of the Book in America: Industrial Book, 1840-1880 v. 3

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

Edited by Scott E. Casper, Edited by Jeffrey D. Groves, Edited by Stephen W. Nissenbaum, Edited by Michael Winship, Contributions by Susan Belasco, Contributions by Candy Gunther, Contributions by Kenneth E. Carpenter, Contributions by Scott E. Casper, Contributions by Jeannine Marie Delombard, Contributions by Ann Fabian

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  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Format: Hardback | 560 pages
  • Dimensions: 163mm x 234mm x 43mm | 930g
  • Publication date: 15 September 2007
  • Publication City/Country: Chapel Hill
  • ISBN 10: 0807830852
  • ISBN 13: 9780807830857
  • Edition statement: New ed.
  • Illustrations note: 44 illustrations, 17 tables, notes, bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 1,141,270

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Volume 3 of "A History of the Book in America" narrates the emergence of a national book trade in the nineteenth century, as changes in manufacturing, distribution, and publishing conditioned, and were conditioned by, the evolving practices of authors and readers. Chapters trace the ascent of the "industrial book" - a manufactured product arising from the gradual adoption of new printing, binding, and illustration technologies and encompassing the profusion of nineteenth-century printed materials - which relied on nationwide networks of financing, transportation, and communication. In tandem with increasing educational opportunities and rising literacy rates, the industrial book encouraged new sites of reading; gave voice to diverse communities of interest through periodicals, broadsides, pamphlets, and other printed forms; and played a vital role in the development of American culture.

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SCOTT E. CASPER is associate professor of history at the University of Nevada, Reno, and author of Constructing American Lives: Biography and Culture in Nineteenth-Century America (from the University of North Carolina Press). JEFFREY D. GROVES is professor of literature at Harvey Mudd College and coeditor, with Scott Casper and Joanne D. Chaison, of Perspectives on American Book History: Artifacts and Commentary. STEPHEN W. NISSENBAUM is professor of history emeritus at the University of Massachusetts and author of The Battle for Christmas, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. MICHAEL WINSHIP is Howard Regents Professor of English II at the University of Texas at Austin and author of American Literary Publishing in the Mid-Nineteenth Century: The Business of Ticknor and Fields.

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"Provides superb expositions of current scholarship on the history of the book. . . . Places the handsome, often gold-stamped, book-product front and center in a larger print universe operating in many sites. . . . [A] wonderfully rich complexity."--"J

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This volume of A History of the Book in America covers the creation, distribution, and uses of print and books in the mid-nineteenth century, when a truly national book trade emerged. Essays examine the rise of the manufactured, bound product and the idea of the book as the quintessential product of the industrialization of both the print and papermaking trades, which depended on new nationwide networks for finance, transportation, and communication. The volume also chronicles the rise of a uniquely American print culture, as reading and writing were increasingly conceived of as essential to American citizenship, economic success, and cultural achievement.