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Revolution and the antiquarian book : reshaping the past, 1780-1815

Author: Kristian Jensen
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
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"At the end of the eighteenth century, noblemen and revolutionaries spent extravagant sums of money or precious military resources competing to acquire old books, which until then had often been regarded as worthless. These books, called incunabula, achieved cultural and political importance as luxury commodities and as tools for mastering a controversial past. Men of different classes met in a new, shared  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kristian Jensen
ISBN: 9781107000513 1107000513
OCLC Number: 656774298
Description: x, 318 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Introduction; 1. Enlightenment ideas and revolutionary practice: incunabula and freedom; 2. Aristocratic aspirations and the wartime market: competing for the past and the future; 3. An object-based discipline emerges: old books, new luxury; 4. Competing for authority: 'the insolence of English wealth'; 5. Commemorating and obliterating the past: 'old books, very displeasing to the eye'; 6. Conclusion.
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Examines the late eighteenth-century preoccupation with the acquisition of old books, and the new historical discipline created by traders.  Read more...

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