An Introduction to Book History
Routledge – 2013 – 168 pages
This second edition of An Introduction to Book History provides a comprehensive critical introduction to the development of the book and print culture. Each fully revised and updated chapter contains new material and covers recent developments in the field, including:
Each section begins with a summary of the chapter’s aims and contents, followed by a detailed discussion of the relevant issues, concluding with a summary of the chapter and points to ponder. Sections include:
An Introduction to Book History is an ideal introduction to this exciting field of study, and is designed as a companion text to The Book History Reader.
'…it will continue to be invaluable as core reading for introductory courses in book history.' – John Feather, Library & Information History
Praise for the first edition:
'David Finkelstein and Alistair McCleery have written an excellent introduction to the history of the book. This concise volume covers the major aspects of book history to introduce the novice or to refresh the memory of the scholar… the book as a whole provides a starting place for further discussion and exploration into the history of literacy, the book, and ideas about reading and text.' – Millie Jackson, Libraries and the Cultural Record
'the tracing of history, historiography, and competing views is engaging.' – Journalism History
1. Theorizing the history of the book 2. From orality to literacy 3. The coming of print 4. Authors, authorship, and authority 5. Printers, booksellers, publishers, agents 6. Readers and reading 7. The future of the book
David Finkelstein is Dean of Humanities at the University of Dundee, UK.
Alistair McCleery is Professor of Literature and Culture at Edinburgh Napier University, UK.