The Nature of the Book

The Nature of the Book : Print and Knowledge in the Making

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This text takes a look at early modern England and the creative and commercial forces in which print culture was formed and its many arenas - commercial, intellectual, political and individual. It includes detailed information on booksellers shops, the Royal Society, paper manufactories and type foundaries. Also featured are replications of the bitter disputes between authors and printers, printers and booksellers and clerics and individuals as they debate and resolve the meaning and rights attached to the creation of ideas, their appearance in written form and then in print, and the opportunity to sell, buy, and read printed work. Focusing on the interplay between the scientific and print revolutions and on their roles, both complementary and antagonistic, the text looks at production and dissemination of knowledge. Print also being used to manipulate those findings for political, religious or idealogical reasons.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 754 pages
  • 165 x 241 x 51.31mm | 1,260g
  • University of Chicago Press
  • Chicago, IL, United States
  • English
  • 125 halftones, 3 line drawings, 2 tables
  • 0226401219
  • 9780226401218
  • 2,365,359

Table of contents

List of Illustrations Acknowledgments A Note on Conventions 1: Introduction: The Book of Nature and the Nature of the Book 2: Literatory Life: The Culture and Credibility of the Printed Book in Early Modern London 3: "The Advancement of Wholesome Knowledge": The Politics of Print and the Practices of Propriety 4: John Streater and the Knights of the Galaxy: Republicanism, Natural Knowledge, and the Politics of Printing 5: Faust and the Pirates: The Cultural Construction of the Printing Revolution 6: The Physiology of Reading: Print and the Passions 7: Piracy and Usurpation: Natural Philosophy in the Restoration 8: Histories of the Heavens: John Flamsteed, Isaac Newton, and the Historia Coelestis Britannica 9: Conclusion Bibliography Index
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