English Books and Readers 1603-1640: Being a Study in the History of the Book Trade in the Reigns of James I and Charles I by H. S. BennettEnglish Books and Readers 1603-1640: Being a Study in the History of the Book Trade in the Reigns of James I and Charles I by H. S. Bennett

English Books and Readers 1603-1640: Being a Study in the History of the Book Trade in the Reigns…

byH. S. Bennett

Paperback | October 1, 1991

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This third volume of English Books and Readers, first published in 1970, carries the story of the English book trade down to the eve of the Civil War. The author gives an account of the total output of books and pamphlets in the period, irrespective of their qualities as literature.
Title:English Books and Readers 1603-1640: Being a Study in the History of the Book Trade in the Reigns…Format:PaperbackDimensions:268 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.59 inPublished:October 1, 1991Publisher:Cambridge University Press

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ISBN - 10:0521379903

ISBN - 13:9780521379908

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Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. The inception of a book; 2. Patronage; 3. The regulation of the book trade; 4. Piracy; 5. Translation and translators; 6. Literacy; 7. The variety of books; 8. Printers, booksellers and readers; Select bibliography; Index.

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Review of the hardback: 'This is the third volume of a series in which a distinguished scholar has given the history of the printed book trade in Britain from its beginning in 1475 to the eve of the Civil War. The other volumes were justly acclaimed, and the highest praise must also be given to the book which now concludes the work. The title is modest indeed, since it is a survey of Britain cultural, intellectual and social interests over more than 150 years ... Although written with remarkable clarity, the book is so densely packed with information that justice could only be done to it in a very long notice. The reading, sorting, sifting and evaluating that must have gone into its production were clearly of a magnitude that must be rare in the extreme for such a relatively small volume ... This is a splendid achievement, and homage is gladly paid to the STC which made it possible and to the scholar who has so triumphantly achieved a great task.' Notes and Queries