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    DescriptionThe dawn of print was a major turning point in the early modern world. It rescued ancient learning from obscurity, transformed knowledge of the natural and physical world, and brought the thrill of book ownership to the masses. But, as Andrew Pettegree reveals in this work of great historical merit, the story of the post-Gutenberg world was rather more complicated than we have often come to believe. "The Book in the Renaissance" reconstructs the first 150 years of the world of print, exploring the complex web of religious, economic and cultural concerns surrounding the printed word. From its very beginnings, the printed book had to straddle financial and religious imperatives, as well as the very different requirements and constraints of the many countries who embraced it, and, as Pettegree argues, the process was far from a runaway success. More than ideas, the success or failure of books depended upon patrons and markets, precarious strategies and the thwarting of piracy, and the ebb and flow of popular demand. Owing to his expert and highly detailed research, Pettegree crafts an authoritative, lucid, and truly pioneering work of cultural history about a major development in the evolution of European society.

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    The Book in the Renaissance
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Andrew Pettegree
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 440
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 212 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 558 g
    ISBN 13: 9780300178210
    ISBN 10: 0300178212

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBLH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, KNTP
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BISAC V2.8: LIT007000
    LC subject heading:
    Ingram Subject Code: LA
    Libri: I-LA
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: HIS010000
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27330
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: LAN027000
    B&T Approval Code: A28160000, A28300000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037020
    B&T Approval Code: A14203005
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: LIT019000
    DC22: 070.50940903, 070.5094
    LC classification: Z291.3 .P48 2010
    LC subject heading: , , , , , , ,
    Thema V1.0: NHTB, NHD, KNTP
    Thema time period qualifier V1.0: 3M
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    69 black-&-white illustrations
    Yale University Press
    Imprint name
    Yale University Press
    Publication date
    22 November 2011
    Publication City/Country
    New Haven
    Author Information
    Andrew Pettegree is Head of the School of History at the University of St. Andrews and founding director of the St. Andrews Reformation Studies Institute.
    Review quote
    "'It is more fun than a book on bibliography has any right to be: as well as emphasising what a cut-throat, pragmatic and disreputable business the early modern book trade was, it's a salient reminder of how little we really know about the subject.' (Alec Ryie, Times Higher Education Supplement) 'This is a book of remarkable scholarship, rich in detailed evidence... It is a book worth reading right through and then keeping for reference.' (Revd Dr Raymond Chapman, Church Times) 'The great joy of The Book in the Renaissance is that it paints a vivid, often surprising portrait of the West's first ventures into the publishing industry... Pettegree writes with wit and fluency and he combines a broad, continent-girdling perspective with more focused analyses: a section on the role of print in the development of Lutheranism, for instance, is masterly. This book will make specialists prick up their ears but it also has huge appeal for the general reader.' (Jonathon Wright, Catholic Herald)"