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The Book in the Renaissance

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    Andrew Pettegree(Author)

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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 in this work of great historical merit, the story of the post-Gutenberg 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. Owing to his state-of-the-art and highly detailed research, Pettegree crafts an authoritative, lucid, and truly pioneering work of cultural history about a major development in the evolution of European society.

"In an understated, judicious manner, [Pettegree] offers a radically new understanding of printing in the years of its birth and youth."--Robert Pinsky, "The New York Times Book Review"--Robert Pinsky "The New York Times Book Review ""An authoritative, innovative and succinct account of one of the most fundamental issues in Renaissance history, the role of the printed book."--Henry Kamen--Henry Kamen

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  • PDF | 440 pages
  • Andrew Pettegree(Author)
  • Yale University Press; Reprint edition (13 Sept. 2011)
  • English
  • 6
  • Society, Politics & Philosophy

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  • By kss on 29 December 2012

    Just bought this and I'm really looking forward to it. But don't buy the Kindle edition. The publishers haven't secured permission for many of the illustrations. I would have waited if it had been made clear on the site. Come on Amazon.

  • By Fini Lokke on 10 September 2010

    This book is a must for those in favour of books and print because it has drawn information and inspiration from the Internet. Without special knowledge of the revolutionary impact of print culture and book trade you really do not understand what Renaissance meant and still means. One of the very fine aspects of Pettegree's attitude to print is that he stresses the importance of everyday print which meant that small books after a while took over the book market that Venice had cultivated with large and expensive books. The book world became a world market and influenced all industry in the world, infrastructure and mail leading to the information revolution. The printed book is not just a phenomenon of the past because the principles in it still apply. The book itself is also an impressive example of modern bookmaking.

  • By Tor Morisse on 19 January 2015

    Not much to add. Great book.

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