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Author Johns, Adrian.

Title The nature of the book : print and knowledge in the making / Adrian Johns
Published Chicago, Ill. ; London, UK : University of Chicago Press, 1998


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  686.2 Joh/Not  AVAILABLE
Description xxi, 753 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents 1. Introduction: The Book of Nature and the Nature of the Book -- 2. Literatory Life: The Culture and Credibility of the Printed Book in Early Modern London -- 3. "The Advancement of Wholesome Knowledge": The Politics of Print and the Practices of Propriety -- 4. John Streater and the Knights of the Galaxy: Republicanism, Natural Knowledge, and the Politics of Printing -- 5. Faust and the Pirates: The Cultural Construction of the Printing Revolution -- 6. The Physiology of Reading: Print and the Passions -- 7. Piracy and Usurpation: Natural Philosophy in the Restoration -- 8. Histories of the Heavens: John Flamsteed, Isaac Newton, and the Historia Coelestis Britannica -- 9. Conclusion
Summary In The Nature of the Book, Adrian Johns transports his readers back to early modern England and the cauldron of creative and commercial forces in which print culture was formed. His uncanny eye for detail allows us to visit booksellers' shops and the Royal Society, paper manufactories and type foundries. We can eavesdrop on the often-bitter disputes between authors and printers, printers and booksellers, clerics and intellectuals as they debate and resolve the meaning and rights attached to the creation of ideas, their appearance in written form and then in print, and the opportunity to sell, buy, and read printed work. Johns focuses on the interplay between the scientific and print revolutions and on their roles, both complementary and antagonistic, in the production and dissemination of knowledge
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 641-707) and index
Issuing Body Full bibliographic record available from Mason's Book Centre
Notes American Historical Association Leo Gershoy Award, 1999
Association of American Publishers PROSE Award, 1998
Subject Books -- England -- History.
Books -- Europe -- History.
Printing -- Social aspects -- England -- History.
Printing -- Social aspects -- Europe -- History.
Science publishing -- England -- History.
Science publishing -- Europe -- History.
Science -- Europe -- History.
Science -- England -- History.
Transmission of texts.
England -- Intellectual life.
Europe -- Intellectual life.
Author American Council of Learned Societies.
LC no. 97047252
ISBN 0226401219 (cloth : alk. paper)
0226401227 (paper : alk. paper)
OTHER TI ACLS Humanities E-Book (Series)