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Pettegree, Andrew
The book in the Renaissance / Andrew Pettegree
New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, c2010
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 4th Floor  Z291.3 .P48 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Book industries and trade -- Europe -- History -- 16th century
Book industries and trade -- Europe -- History -- To 1500
Printing -- Europe -- History -- 16th century
Books -- Europe -- History -- 1450-1600
Reformation -- Europe
Subject Europe -- Intellectual life
Physical Description xvi, 421 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [391]-407) and index
Contents The book world before print -- The invention of printing -- Renaissance encounters : the crisis of print -- The creation of a European book market -- Book town Wittenberg -- Luther's legacy -- First with the news -- Polite recreations -- At school -- The literature of conflict -- The search for order -- Market forces -- Science and exploration -- Healing -- Building a library -- Word and the street
Summary "The dawn of print was a major turning point in the early modern world. It rescued ancient learning from obscurity, transformed knowledge of the natural and physical world, and brought the thrill of book ownership to the masses. But, as Andrew Pettegree reveals, the story of the post-Guttenberg world was rather more complicated than we have often come to believe. The Book in the Renaissance reconstructs the first 150 years of the world of print, exploring the complex web of religious, economic and cultural concerns surrounding the printed word. From its very beginnings, the printed book had to straddle financial and religious imperatives, as well as the very different requirements and constraints of the many countries who embraced it, and, as Pettegree argues, the process was far from a runaway success. More than ideas, the success or failure of books depended upon patrons and markets, precarious strategies and the thwarting of piracy, and the ebb and flow of popular demand. Pettegree crafts an authoritative, lucid and truly pioneering work of cultural history illuminating one of the greatest developments in the evolution of European society."--Book jacket

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