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Vol 23 No 4 April/May 2018

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English Books and Readers: Being a Study in the History of the Book Trade from Caxton to the Incorporation of the Stationers' Company

ISBN13: 9780521379915
ISBN: 0521379911
Published: February 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback, 3 Volumes
Price: £60.00
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This classic work, first published in 1952, covers in detail the history of books from Caxton to the eve of the Civil War, discussing the evidence for public literacy, the regulation of the book trade, the demand for books, the authors, translators and printers of early books, and their methods.

It is a history of society at the opening of the Art of Printing, without which civilisation as we know it could hardly have taken shape at all - a chapter in the human story, unique in its significance and remarkably obscure before this book was first published. The author gives an account of the total output of books and pamphlets over the period, irrespective of their qualities as literature.

  • Volume I: 1475-1557
  • Volume II: 1558 -1603
  • Volume III: 1603 - 1640

Legal History
Volume I: Prologue
1. Caxton and his literary heritage
2. Literacy
3. The regulation of the book trade
4. Patronage
5. The demand for books
6. The variety of books
7. Translations and translators
8. The printers
9. The printing of the book
Appendix I
Appendix II
General index
Index of passages.
Volume II: Preface
1. The inception of a book
2. patronage
3. The regulation of the book trade
4. Translations and translators
5. The variety of books
6. Printers and booksellers
Volume III: Preface
1. The inception of a book
2. Patronage
3. The regulation of the book trade
4. Piracy
5. Translation and translators
6. Literacy
7. The variety of books
8. Printers, booksellers and readers
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