The Book History Reader

2nd Edition

Edited by David Finkelstein, Alistair McCleery

© 2005 – Routledge

576 pages

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Paperback: 9780415359481
pub: 2006-10-23
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About the Book

Following on from the widely successful first volume, this second edition has been updated and expanded to create an essential collection of writings examining different aspects of the history of books and print culture.

Arranged in thematic sections, bringing together a wide range of contributors, and featuring introductions to each section, this new edition:

  • contains more extracts covering issues of gender, material culture and bibliographical matters
  • has a brand new section on the future of the book in the electronic age
  • examines different aspects of book history including: the development of the book, spoken words to written texts, the commodifcation of books, and the power and profile of readers.

This pioneering book is a vital resource for all those involved in publishing studies, library studies, book history and also those studying English literature, cultural studies, sociology and history.

About the Editors

David Finkelstein is Research Professor of Media and Print Culture at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. He is author of The House of Blackwood: Author–Publisher Relations in the Victorian Era and co-author (with Alistair McCleery) of An Introduction to Book History.

Alistair McCleery is Professor of Literature and Culture at Napier University, Edinburgh, and Director of the Scottish Centre for the Book. He is co-editor of The Bibliotheck.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS000000
HISTORY / General
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT007000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Books & Reading
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies