Cheap Bibles: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the British and Foreign Bible Society by Leslie HowsamCheap Bibles: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the British and Foreign Bible Society by Leslie Howsam

Cheap Bibles: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the British and Foreign Bible Society

byLeslie HowsamEditorTerry Belanger

Paperback | August 8, 2002

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The cheap Bibles of nineteenth-century Britain were read in millions of homes, and were also potent symbols of national virtue. In an age of social ferment, cheap Bibles - most published by the British and Foreign Bible Society - represented both the promise of mass literacy and the benefits of industrialisation. This book, based on correspondence and other archival records, tells the story of the BFBS from two perspectives: its place in the history of publishing and printing and in contemporary society. The BFBS, founded in 1804, grew out of the evangelical revival and became a popular crusade. 'Ladies Bible Associations' sprang up to supply the poor with cheap Bibles and contribute to the production of Bibles in foreign languages for the salvation of souls abroad. To meet the growing demand the Society experimented with new technologies including stereotyping, machine printing and bookbinding, and a unique distribution system.
Title:Cheap Bibles: Nineteenth-Century Publishing and the British and Foreign Bible SocietyFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:264 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inShipping dimensions:8.98 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:August 8, 2002Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521522129

ISBN - 13:9780521522120

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Table of Contents

Preface; Sources and acknowledgments; 1. Saints in publishing; 2. A Bible translation, 1804-1840; 3. The BFBS and English printers, 1804-1864; 4. The BFBS and London bookbinders, 1811-1864; 5. The BFBS and bookselling, 1804-1864; 6. The transaction renewed, 1850s and 60s; Epilogue; Appendix; Select book list; Notes.

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"Leslie Howsam's Cheap Bibles is by far the most impressive... Cheap Bibles is no less than a definitive study of the British and Foreign Bible Society from its founding in 1804 to the 1860s. This is a gleaming example of imaginative, critically-aware bibliography." The Wordsworth Circle