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A Potencie of Life: Books in Society - The Clark Lectures, 1986-1987 (British Library Studies in the History of the Book)

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The wide range of topics covered in this volume relate to manuscripts as well as the printed book. Essays cover papermaking in America, hand bookbinding, authorship and maritime publishing in 18th-century Britain. But it is the process of interdependent exchange between author, publisher and reader that is the central theme to the essays which are based on lectures given a ...more
Paperback, 206 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Oak Knoll Press (first published 1995)
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A collection of essays/lectures on various topics in book history. Each looks from a different angle at the impacts of social, economic, or other factors external to the text on the production and consumption of literature.

As is the norm with this type of collection, some of the essays were more interesting to me than others. The first essay, "A New Model for the Study of the Book" by Thomas R. Adams and Nicholas Barker, is an important article which outlines (as the title suggests) a model for
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